timer Asked: Jul 22nd, 2017

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I watched the movie Magnificent Seven (the one from 2016, not 1960).

It is common with the films mentioned in the content from this week in a few different ways:

  • it involves the American frontier; both the westerns of old and the Magnificent Seven follow the characters on their adventures on the frontier
  • The both involve cowboys. I mean, is it even a western if there isn't a cowboy involved?
  • Big shootouts between good guys and bad guys;
  • I am pretty sure that The Magnificent Seven was partially filmed in monument valley

it is a little bit different though (dont read below if you dont want spoliers)

  • a lot of the 'main' characters die. Unlike westerns where the good guy wins, and the bad guy loses, a good number of the 'good guys' dont make it through the end of the movie
  • It was not a cheap quality film like some of the movies were in the 1920-40s
  • I did not sense any political themes in the movie like the westerns made in the 50's-70s however, there probably could be something that someone could pluck out and assert has a political motif.

Special effects.

  • There was a scene near the end where a large number of explosives were used to divert the enemy; this is a war tactic that I would not have expected to be used in a film about the American West, so it caught me off guard.
  • Similar to the Western movies with Clint Eastwood, there were long drawn out shots that slowly built tension until an 'action' occurred (where people were shot)
  • There was a scene where one of the characters ate an animals organ. He took a bite out of it and the organ flesh stretched and the sound was very, uhm, nasty.

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