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The Denzel Washington-led remake of 'The Magnificent Seven' is handsome, but lifeless

The Denzel Washington-led remake of 'The Magnificent Seven' is handsome, but lifeless

A sense of lethargy hangs uneasily over the lumbering new version of "The Magnificent Seven." Despite its sturdy plot, seasoned director and capable cast toplined by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, it arrives in a comatose state, a film unlikely to arouse passions one way or another.

Though the original 1960 Western and its tale of seven hired guns defending a bucolic hamlet beleaguered by bandits is much beloved, it is hardly a sacred object that shouldn't be touched. Itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic "Seven Samurai," it spawned no fewer than three sequels plus a CBS-TV series, not to mention the occasional odd item such as 1983's Lou...

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