This is the best western I've seen since maybe Tombstone. About 30 minutes in, I thought the film was about an 8/10. About 1 hour in, I thought I'd give the film a 9/10. When the final battle kicks off around the 1 1/2 hour mark, the film earned a 10/10 from me mainly for action (but also acting and cinematography). The cinematography, acting, and chemistry between the characters are all top notch. I never felt bored in this movie even during some of the slow parts. Those slow parts make you care about the characters. By the time the final battle arrives, you're invested in what happens to these characters. Also, the trailer is misleading in terms of the music used. The actual film has a score, and it's a pretty good one too. This may not be as good of a film as say, Unforgiven, but I'd easily put it up there with Tombstone. The final battle scene comes close to matching the intensity of the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan. This is easily Fuqua's best movie since Training Day. I can't think of a single instance of bad acting in the movie. I never saw the original Magnificent Seven, but I do want to watch it. I have seen Seven Samurai, and i own the Criterion Collection version on blu-ray.