Monday November 30, 2020

Cinema: Revisionist remake of a remake lacks real spark

The film races through the business at hand, but finds no subtext or subtlety

25th September, 2016
Vincent DOnofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Lee Byung-Hun in The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven; Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Nationwide, 12A, Rating: ✶✶✶

The Siege of Jadotville; Directed by Richie Smyth, Nationwide, 15A, Rating: ✶✶✶✶

The long summer of remakes and rehashes allowed ample time to consider whether Hollywood’s obsession with repetition is killing mainstream cinema. Industry-watchers point to the studios’ endless recycling as further evidence of creative bankruptcy, while audiences have stayed away in their droves.

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