Monday, September 26, 2016

"The Magnificent Seven"

Last night, I went to see "The Magnificent Seven" with Denzel Washington. Before I went, I checked filming locations on IMDb, which were listed as Flagstaff, AZ, area, plus Baton Rouge, LA. Watching the film, I kept thinking it didn't look like Flagstaff. Instead, there was Pedernal Mountain, a dead giveaway for Abiquiu, NM. Should I believe IMDb or my lying eyes? Sure enough, it was filmed in NM!

The location of Rose Creek is supposed to be Amador County, California, so I was delighted to learn that Baton Rouge represented the deepest, darkest heart of iniquity, the city we all know and love, Sacramento, California. There were also CGI mountains to represent the Sierra Nevada that just confused me to no end, since they didn't look quite right.

Like the 1961 movie, much of this movie explores the motivations of the gunfighters, with just as many unanswered questions as with the original. Many bullets are fired. Many, many bullets. Bushels of bullets.

Did I like the movie? I dunno. I thought the bad guys were too wicked. Worse than Nazis. At least you can have a beer with a Nazi. Not these bad-ass Sacramentans. The action scenes have lots of action, though. A plethora of bullets.

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