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Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven – Teaser Trailer

The Magnificent Seven - Teaser Trailer

A Training Day cast and director reunion in the Old West? A remake of a remake? A Pratt in a hat?

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of a ruthless industrialist (the frequently evil Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

This is of course a remake of the 1960 classic (which starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen), itself a remake of 1954’s ‘Seven Samurai’. Incredibly it’s Denzel Washington’s first western. Director Antoine Fuqua says he’s aiming for a classic, traditional genre piece rather than anything hip, with mean, rough men captured on anamorphic film under big skies. It’ll feature the last ever score by James Horner (‘Aliens’), who enthusiastically wrote it in secret based off the script, before he died in a plane crash.

Pre-footage, this was my most anticipated thriller of the year. I still think it will be a lot better than this teaser. The footage isn’t bad but it’s disappointingly by the numbers and is focused particularly on Chris Pratt being a cowboy, which isn’t that amazing in itself. We’ve seen all these visuals in other westerns. However Washington, Ethan Hawke and Antoine Fuqua previously collaborated on the brilliant Training Day and Fuqua (The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen) is perhaps the most underrated action-thriller director around. His style, energy and no-nonsense violence are compelling, and matched with this material and this stellar cast I still think the result is going to be…fairly magnificent.

The Magnificent Seven is released in the US and UK on 23 September. When it reaches home release it’ll slide in neatly between your copy of The Ridiculous Six and The Hateful Eight.

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  • gd smith said

    It doesn’t look too shabby at all. But common. Elmer Bernstein’s score is so much a part of the Magnificent Seven it’s like seeing a Star Wars trailer without John Williams.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Of course. But at least James Horner was responsible for some classics in his time too (Aliens, Wrath of Khan, Titanic, Braveheart), and the unusual manner in which he wrote it showed he felt truly inspired. So fingers crossed it’ll be an interesting take. He’ll be missed.

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  • G said

    I hope in the end they don’t all ride off into the sunset. That will be disappointing.

    “The old man was right. Only the farmers won. We lost. We’ll always lose”

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      I don’t find the original’s ending too downbeat, the music is pretty happy anyway. What I like about Fuqua is he doesn’t pull his punches, it feels like he makes action films for grown-ups. Olympus Has Fallen was a pretty vicious film, The Equalizer too. Expect many of the seven to meet grisly ends, he won’t sugarcoat it.

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      • G said

        It was pretty downbeat for 1960. I don’t think I am going to be satisfied unless either Denzel or Chris Pratt die. I think the studio might allow Denzel to meet his end, but I can’t see them allowing Chris to fall. And I dare say he will get the last line. Which will be a snappy one liner.
        *sigh*

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        • Sheridan Passell said
          Sheridan Passell

          It was the same year Psycho came out, that ended with the heroine having her body dragged from the swamp 😉 **BIG SPOILERS** But sure it ends with them riding past the graves of their friends with little to show for it. Don’t hate the farmers though because in cinema that profession has it rough, be it moisture farming, Pa Kent the Smallville farmer or Matthew McConaughey the slow-speaking dust farmer. If I have this right, Pratt’s playing a reinterpreted version of Chico, now called Josh Farraday, one of the characters that survives the original. But… that’s not to say they haven’t shaken it up. **END SPOILERS**

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          • gd smith said

            Cowboy films have a history of downbeat endings. The man who Shot Liberty Valance, Shane, The Searchers and The Bravados to name but a few. To me the ending of The Magnificent Seven is more about recognising the death of the outlaw, but carrying on anyway. It’s actually sort of a last gang in town sort of way.

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          • G said

            Please don’t get me started on Interstellar.
            *count to ten…phew*

            *spoilers*

            If Chris Pratt is playing Chico, that means he gets the girl.

            Of course.

            *sigh*

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