We follow the story of a man named Chisolm (Denzel Washington), a bounty hunter travelling from town to town. It's amongst his travels that he runs into a woman named Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), whose husband was recently murdered and town overrun by notorious gunman Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and his army of soldiers. In desperate need of help, Emma asks Chisholm to come protect her town, and while he is certainly interested, to do so, he must recruit an army of his own, and this army comes in the form of Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensnmeier). Together they are... The Magnificent Seven.
It is, essentially, a combination of everything I love about the western genre. There's more than a few shoot outs, some intense chase sequences, some classic, if not corny lines, and a dynamic and interesting cast that's racially diverse and very talented. The only downside to this film being a combination of everything I know and love is that, from time to time, the film does start to get a little bit tedious. It feels a bit been there done that, as if everything has been done in a thousand other films before, and it has, technically. I mean, it's not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. I rather enjoyed it actually, but it just doesn't really feel fresh, per say. Everything's been done to death, but when put together it feels like classic, old school western fun, and it's a hell of a good time.
But let's not let the supporting cast get overshadowed by these two heavy hitters. Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio are two other highlights from this movie, both giving performances that are simultaneously exactly what you'd expect and nothing like you've seen before. D'Onofrio's voice in this movie is pretty much the polar opposite of the voice he uses in the Netflix Daredevil show, and I'm not sure why that's worth mentioning, but it just is. Byung-hun Lee and Hayley Bennett also serve as noteworthy members of the cast, each giving pretty solid performances, despite not too much screen-time.
To sum up, The Magnificent Seven takes the classic western tale, throws a little more action and Chris Pratt into the mix, and spits out an immensely entertaining, action packed western that looks and feels authentic and is full of terrific performances. It's nothing special, but it is extremely entertaining.