Director Antoine Fuqua (Replacement Killers, Training Day) reimagines the 1960 John Sturges Western The Magnificent Seven, which was a remake that transplanted Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai from 15th century Japan to 19th century Mexico in the 1800s, but the similarities end there for the most part. Fuqua does a great job with the scenery and casting, but he adds plot holes that would not exist if he had taken a simpler adaptation of the 1960s Western.If viewers go in expecting an update to the 1960s movie with a new mix of races and ethnicities, then expect disappointment. If viewers can go in without comparing to the earlier works from Kurosawa or Sturges, then expect a wildly entertaining film.
Independently of its predecessors, I would rate Magnificent Seven as the best movie of 2016. With the additional baggage that comes with being labeled a remake, I would knock the rating down a bit. Regardless, I personally give it 5/5 knowing that fellow movie critics will attack my rating.