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Gary Cogill Says "The Magnificent Seven" is a Cinematic Adrenalin Rush

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    NBC 5 movie critic Gary Cogill says "The Magnificent Seven" is star-powered, modern day entertainment filled with macho images and guns-a-blazing. (Published Friday, Sept. 23, 2016)

    "The Magnificent Seven" has it's roots in the fifties and sixties, first with Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" and the Yul Brynner classic from 1960. This latest is a lesser, more modern, more violent version, and yes, Denzel Washington riding tall in the saddle is an impressive image.

    "The Magnificent Seven" is star-powered, modern day entertainment filled with macho images and guns-a-blazing.

    A wild west shoot-em-up with a high body count and a serious inonic actor, Denzel Washington, on a mission as a bounty hunter to assemble human firepower and protect a small town from a land grabber, played with sweaty cruelty, by Peter Sarsgaard.

    Denzel's gathering of diverse vigilantes includes a Korean knife specialist, a Comanche bow & arrow artist, and a Mexican gunslinger.

    The group also includes some accomplished actors with a talkative Chris Pratt and a post combat stressed out Ethan Hawke. This is a popcorn movie, with little character development, and a screen load of ammunition.

    "The Magnificent Seven" is directed with a "slick and quick" style by, Antoine Fuqua, he directed Denzel to an Oscar in "Training Day." His movie plays like a "cliff notes" version of a classic rather than the real thing. It's also highly entertaining, and when the good guys and bad guys face off, it's a cinematic adrenalin rush.

    "The Magnificent Seven" is rated an uneven PG-13 for violence and won't win any awards for subtlety.

    It's a good film but never great and what holds it all together is the rare and powerful image of Denzel Washington, elevating everything around him.

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