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In the underrated clone comedy Multiplicity, Michael Keaton asks at one point, “You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it’s not quite as sharp as, well, the original?” Such an observation pinpoints a large problem with Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the popular 1960 Western that was itself an American-ized version of Akira Kurosawa’s seminal Seven Samurai.
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Despite his charm and natural charisma, Denzel Washington has made a career out of playing guys that shouldn’t be very likeable. From Philadelphia and Training Day to American Gangster and Flight, Washington has used his talent to make you care about his characters, no matter how uncaring or flawed they may be. His character in the violent The Equalizer, though, remains a hard-to-like cipher, earning no real sympathy during his entire quest of altruistic vengeance.