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The Magnificent Seven: All fired up by western remake

By Damon Smith

The year is 1879 and the scars of the American Civil War are yet to heal.

The God-fearing folk of Rose Creek seek solace in church, but the spiritual peace is shattered by the arrival of greedy industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and his goons, who intend to drive families out of their homes.

After her husband is shot, grieving widow Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) and her friend Teddy (Luke Grimes) canter to neighbouring Amador City to enlist the services of bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) to kill Bogue. Moved by Emma's tearful plight, the gunslinger corrals six men of dubious character to wage war in Rose Creek: compulsive gambler Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), sharp shooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), assassin Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier).

The scene is set for a rootin' tootin' showdown between the rival factions.

The Magnificent Seven rests comfortably on the shoulders of Washington and his co-stars.

Three stars

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