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The Magnificent Seven

Movie:  The Magnificent Seven

Rating:  3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:    There’s gold in them hills, and Bart Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) means to get every nugget of it for himself.  If that means he has to threaten, terrorize or kill every sodbuster in Rose Creek, then that’s what he means to do.  One of the few citizens with the gumption to stand up to Bad Bart is Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett).  She hustles over to nearby Amador City, and as luck would have it, makes the acquaintance of Sam Chisom (Denzel Washington), a duly sworn warrant officer in Wichita, Kansas and seven states.

Emma pleads her tale of woe to Chisom, who is not especially inclined to intercede on her behalf until the name of Bart Bogue comes up.  Apparently Sam Chisom has some knowledge of what a scurrilous rogue Bogue is, and maybe even some past history.  For whatever reason, Chisom and new acquaintance Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), who also seems pretty handy with a gun, set off to settle matters with Mr. Bogue.  They wisely come to the conclusion that more help is needed if they are to have any chance against Bogue and his small mercenary army of thugs and scurrilous killers, so along the way they pick up five more compadres to aid in the cause.  They run into Goodnight Robichaux (Ethan Hawke), a sharpshooter of some renown, along with his side kick Billy Rocks, a knife throwing son of a gun.  Then there is Vasquez (Manual Garcia-Rulfo), a Mexican bandit, Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onfrio), a mountain man, and finally Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier), a Comanche warrior alienated from his tribe.  This motley crew with deadly skills are all that stands between the good people of Rose Creek and oblivion.  There will be a showdown….

This film is solid entertainment with more rootin’, tootin’ shootin’ than any 3 westerns combined.  It takes quite a while to get to the confrontation, but will hold your interest until you get there.  For those movie fans acquainted with the classic version of The Magnificent Seven, it is not an exact remake.  Some general plot points are the same, but different enough to keep you interested.  Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt hold their own against the earlier duo of Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen.  The new cast probably doesn’t have the star power with the rest of the 1960 cast that boasted Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn.  Still, it is a fun gallop into an exciting old west yarn.

Dialogue Nuggets:  Church Pastor – “This is the Lord’s house!  No place for guns.  There are women and children!”

Bart Bogue to Town’s People – “You’re standing not only in the way of capitalism but God.  I’ll give you $20 for each parcel of dust.”

Emma to Bart Bogue – “What kind of man are you?  What did these people ever do to you?  For land?”

Bart Bogue – “Leave the bodies where they lay.  I want them to look at them a few days.”

Chisom to Emma – “You seek revenge.”  Emma – “I seek righteousness.  But I’ll take revenge.”

Faraday – “Would you like to see another magic trick?  The disappearing ear.”

Chisom to Sheriff – I need you to send him a message.”  Sheriff – “You already sent him a message.  You’re not going to like the answer.”

Faraday – “Oh good, they brought their pitch forks!  We might stand a chance after all.”

Chisom – “I believe every man has the right to choose where he dies.”

Theme Music:  Yes, if you wait for the end of film credits you will get a bit of Elmer Bernstein’s classic theme song from the 1960 movie.

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Jurassic World

Movie:  Jurassic World

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:    It is a sunny day on Isla Nublar, and no one is thinking about the events that occurred 22 years ago when a bunch of angry velociraptors got loose and munched on a bunch of people in Jurassic Park.  This is Jurassic World, a super modern theme park where people can safely view genetically grown (and in some cases modified) dinosaurs in complete safety.  There is a gigantic sea monster that leaps out of a pool to snag a shark on a line for his lunch, and the resulting wave is reminiscent of a Splash Zone at Sea World.  There is even a petting zoo for the kiddies with small tame dinosaurs waddling about.  There are fun rides, and plenty of stores and restaurants for visitors to the island to spend their money at.

All is running smoothly under the supervision of the park’s operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), but her boss, CEO Simon Masroni (Irrfan Khan) is looking for ways to up the ante in terms of thrills and new dinosaur attractions.  After all, the public gets bored easily, and this is a business looking to make money.  Enter animal trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), who seems to be able to train velociraptors to obey his commands.  In the shadows is Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong), a genius at mixing up batches of dinosaur DNA for new and improved critters.  Watching over all of the activities is head of security Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), making sure everyone is safe on the island.  It had better be safe, because Claire’s sister has sent her two sons Zach and Gray to spend the day as Claire’s VIP guests.

It has been 14 years since Jurassic Park was in the theaters.  What can a fourth offering of dinosaurs running amok offer?  For one thing, the special effects are amazing.  Look forward to the scenes with the gyroscoptic spheres, which are basically people riding in a glass bubble among the dinosaurs.  There is plenty of action and mayhem, but some clever scenes akin to Spielberg’s Jaws where tension builds more from the anticipation of something happening rather than constant action.  Plus as you ladies are no doubt aware, there is a new hunk in town and his name is Chris Pratt.  Right now Pratt can do no wrong, and he carries this film on his shoulders.  Action, FX, star power, this movie has the whole package.  This is the box office champ of the 2015 summer blockbuster season.

Huh?  What the….:  I’m no mechanic, but I am thinking that vehicles that have been sitting in a garage for 22 years don’t just start up right away by putting in a new battery.  Not to mention a battery that is also 22 years old….

Dialogue Nuggets:  “No one is impressed with a dinosaur anymore.”

Hoskins – “Extinct animals have no rights!”

Owen – “Everything in this jungle is trying to murder the other.”

“What’s a code 19?”   “Asset out of containment.”

Zach – “Dude, off-road!”  Gray – “But they told us to go back!”

Owen – “It didn’t eat them.  It’s killing for sport.”

Claire – “You can track them, can’t you?”  Owen – “I was with the Navy, not the Navajo!”

Claire  to nephews – “Tomorrow you will be home, and your mother will never let me see you again.”

BOLO Alert!   Be on the look-out for obvious product placement in this movie.  Among others, find the Coca Cola, Mercedes, Starbucks and  Brookstone sightings.

Best Cameo:  Jimmy Fallon is great in his training video for people about to get in the park’s gyroscoptic bubble vehicles.

Jurassic 5:  Yes, keep an eye on that sneaky Dr. Wu at the end of the movie.  There will be another dinosaur flick.