30 Most Underrated Westerns You Need To Watch

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A remake of one of the greatest westerns ever made – itself adapted from the Japanese film “The Seven Samurai” – the 2016 version of “The Magnificent Seven” faced an uphill battle upon release. Despite a top-notch cast featuring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard, there’s simply no competition with the original, which had legends like Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.

Cleverly, the film chooses not to copy John Sturges’ classic. The main story remains the same: a terrifying villain wreaks havoc on a small town, whose residents hire a cunning gunman to help them fight back. In the original, the villain is Calvera, leader of a bandit gang; in the remake, the villain is Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard), a greedy industrialist who forces the townspeople to mine for gold. The hero is also different; instead of a Cajun gunslinger coming to the rescue, the remake has Sam Chisholm (Washington), a U.S. Marshal who recruits six other men to aid him in his fight to free the city.

Unfairly compared to the original classic film, Antoine Fuqua’s 2016 film is only loosely a remake, with many fundamental changes to the story and characters. Taken on its own merits, the new “Magnificent Seven” combines exuberant action, charismatic performances and high production values ​​to become a top-notch action-adventure film. Matt Bomer, Lee Byung-hun, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Luke Grimes complete the extremely talented cast.

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