Given the combination of the cast and premise, The Magnificent Seven screams “summer blockbuster.” Thankfully, MGM and Columbia Pictures were wise to place the 2016 Western remake right in the middle of September instead of sticking it somewhere in the crowded (and disappointing) summer season. With a budget over $100M for a movie fitting into a genre many consider “dead,” The Magnificent Seven has a lot riding on its shoulders. Luckily though, director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) delivers an action-packed, astonishing remake that stands on its own apart from the 1960 classic while also proving that Westerns are the only genre worth rebooting in an age where remakes are the new Hollywood strategy.
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One of my favourite historical action flicks continues to surprise me every time I revisit it. Whenever I go back, I notice that one of the main characters has went on to do some really cool projects. Director Antoine Fuqua’s cast for the 2004 film King Arthur is astounding.