This weekend there are ELEVEN new films out for you to choose from: a Western remake in The Magnificent Seven, Daniel Radcliffe goes undercover in Imperium, there’s low-budget scifi in The Girl with All the Gifts, British cockney comedy in Gangsters Gamblers and Geezers, Scots-based comedy in Scottish Mussel, the Chelsea Flower Show comes up in Dare to Be Wild, tedious family drama in Little Men, Rob Zombie brings us another horror movie in 31, two foriegn dramas – Baden Baden and Aloys, and concluding with a musical number – The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon.
The Magnificent Seven, with its cover version of The Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun, shows that Hollywood’s well of ideas has run dry yet again.
Director Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) brings his modern vision to a classic story (it says here). With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
The cast includes Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Chris Pratt, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Matt Bomer, Cam Gigandet, Sean Bridgers, Luke Grimes and Vinnie Jones.
The script comes from John Lee Hancock, Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto, based on the screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni.
I’ll go and see this, but I’m in two minds whether or not it’ll be any good.
Hit or Miss? Verdict: