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Dan Evans is a ranch owner but he owes money, his barn gats burnt down and he and his family are given one week to pay up or loose the ranch. He is out trying to rescue his herd with his two boys when he spots a wagon being hijacked by the notorious Ban Wade and his gang.
Wade takes the money and the gang head for the town where they take over the bar and share out the loot. The sheriff and the marshal are told of the hijack and set out to rescue their money.
Evans arrives in town as he has followed Wade and he demands payment from him for his two lost cows, Wade pays up but unbeknown to him the law are waiting and capture him. Wade is arrested and soon a gang of men are rounded up to get Wade onto the 3:10 train to Yuma where he will stand trial and be hung. Evans agrees to accompany Wade and the gang for a payment which will mean he gets to keep the ranch.
This is no easy task trying to get Wade to the train as the remainder of his gang are in hot pursuit to rescue him. Can Evans and the men get Wade to the train and can Evans keep his ranch?
This is a film which I have been undecided about for a good few month now, each time I look at the DVD on the shelf I pick this one up but always end up putting it back down. I am glad that I did finally buy it as both me and hubby thoroughly enjoyed the whole film. The story was very good and interesting, it was slightly different to all the previous cowboy films I have watched which star the usual actors, John Wayne in particular and I thought there was just the right amount of story and action all mixed together.
The acting was excellent, the role of Evans was played by Christian Bale and he suited the role very well. He had a good look which at times was very mean and moody and I thought he suited the cowboy hat very well. He seemed at ease in the role and delivered all of his lines very well. He was an injured man with only one real leg and he managed to carry this element of his character on throughout the whole film. He did have a slightly softer side which came across when he was on screen with wife and sons, I liked the depth we got to see from him and found I was easily about to understand him. He worked very well with the role of Wade and there was a good connection with them despite one being a prisoner and the other his captor. The role of Wade was played by Russell Crowe and he too gave a great performance. Hew as a strong man who seemed to live a carefree life killing and steeling, he came across for the majority of the film to have no conscious about what he had done but there were one or two times when he did open up slightly and we got some insight into how his mind worked. He was great working with the weapons and horses and he too seemed very at ease. There was a roughness to both the characters and I think this helped to make this film such a joy to watch.
We did have a lot of great supporting actors in the film and the few which stood out to me included, Logan Lerman playing the role of son William as he managed to show a different side to both Evans and Wade and he was very strong in his performance. I also found Ben Foster who played the role of Charlie Prince to be very strong and a good addition to the film.
The film was based in Arizona in the late 1800's and I felt I got a very good feel of this era and way of life from the way the film was set and how the sets all looked. They all looked very authentic and basic and I felt a lot of time and attention had been given to making this so. I loved the old fashioned clothes and gun which were used. Some of the guns were massive and I really cannot believe people used them and carried them around so easily. The special effects which were used fort eh gun fights and shootings were all very good. Hubby did make a comment on the sounds the guns made when being fired, he said a lot of them sounded very real but there were one or two of the smaller pistols which sounded too tinny and high pitched. I have no idea how a fired gun should sound so this element did not bother me in the slightest. The wounds which the men got and the deaths were all very gruesome looking and the make up and effects were of a very high standard. I felt the actors all worked well with the horses and animals in the film and they all did seem very at ease when riding.
The music for the majority of the film was very good, there was a definitely orchestral feel to it and I did find it helped with the drama of the film, we always knew when something bad was coming from the music which was used. I just felt we needed slightly more as there was a lot of the film which had no background music.
The DVD which we have does have a few bonus features which include, Audio commentary with Director James Mangold, Destination Yuma, Outlaws, Gangs and posses, an epic explored, deleted scenes. I have not watched any of these so I am not able to make comment on them. I have included them in this review for those who may now wish to purchase the DVD to watch them and not just wait to see the film on the TV. I am listing this review as a film only one though and not a DVD one as I have not been able to make comment on them. The DVD only cost us £4 from Tesco and I did think this was a great price. The running time is 118 minutes and I found this to be a good length with the story moving at a good pace from start to finish. The rate is a 15 and I certainly agree with this as there is a lot of gun fights and violence right from the very start.
I am happy to give this film a good solid 4 stars and a high recommendation. The story was excellent and so to was the acting from all involved. I think for the extra star it needed slightly more music. This is well worth watching and even paying £4 for the DVD.
I'm not really an enthusiast when it comes to the western genre. I find that they drag, there's a lot of yakking, and it's really not my taste. That's what I assumed the case was going to be here. I heard generally good praise over this film, so I checked it out. Within the first few minutes, I was thinking "...well, it looks pretty". However, I was surprised that as the story kept moving forward, I got drawn into it.
Dan Evans (Christine Bale) is a civil war veteran, with a bummed leg, who is struggling to maintain the family ranch. One night, two men set his barn on fire because he's behind on his payments. Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) the head honcho, of a gang of violent outlaws. Ambush a stagecoach filled with money. To celebrate their earnings, they head to the nearest town, to drink and celebrate.
When Wade is caught at the saloon. Dan, volunteers to assist the group, into escorting him to the train station in Contention, for a $200 dollar fee, to finally cut off his debt. Dan HAS to get Ben on that train, for the "3:10 to Yuma" heading to the prison. With Ben's buddies on the trail. And, the tension of them being able to get Ben at the train station on time, or even at all. It asks the question "How is this, all going to play out in the end?".
The chemistry between Crowe and Bale really are the glue to this film. They both played it really well. In fact, everyone did an exceptional job. There are nice conversational exchanges that raise tensions, merely with words. These are well rounded characters, clearly defined, with back stories, and understandable motives. But, at the same time they're not one-sided. Like an onion, there are many layers, and it made me get involved with these guys even more.
Russell Crowe is the cool, sly, criminal. But, has his own code of conduct, with some morality hidden underneath his hide. Christine Bale, is the supporting family man, that has never really been respected. But has a strong sense of endurance and courage. I never felt one-sided towards one character or the other. I enjoyed them both equally, and there's a nice moment near the end, where they share a bond between each other.
I also, want to give credit when it's due. The writing team crafted an ample screenplay. There's some great dialogue, and hearing it being said from the actors is a nice marriage. Props to the actors, the writers, the director, and everyone involved.
I haven't seen the original, so I can't compare. But I'm sure it's safe to say that this is a great remake, and an enjoyable cowboy film. If you are like me, and you don't like westerns (yes, even "A Fistful of Dollars") this is a safe bet. The first 40 min. is a bit of a warm up to establish everything. Once you get pass that threshold, it's all uphill from there. Like a steam engine train building up speed. Once it gets going, it doesn't slow down. I never got bored with this film. Maybe, because it felt relatable, due to it's modern appeal to an old western. There was always a level of energy in the atmosphere, that was consistent the whole time.
Now, don't get misinformed. There isn't a ton of shootouts here. There are gaps in time, that lack action scenes. But they are filled in, with incredible performances, so it doesn't feel like a waste of time. The final act has one of the most memorable climaxes ever. The stakes keep upping the ante, until it seems near to impossible to get this guy on the train. The final result, and how it went down, is satisfying. It turns into an all out gun blazing shootout from the rooftops and streets. I had no idea, how it was going to end.
I would recommend this to the guys. This is more sophisticated than those mindless blockbusters and it's told wonderfully. This would be a nice father and son feature. A great story about manhood, honour, and being a man, damn it!
3:10 to Yuma is a remake of the 1957 film. Christian Bale plays Dan Evans, a civil war veteran who lost a leg during his time in service. Russell Crowe plays Ben Wade, the leader of a gang of thieves. The plot follows Evans and a group of others in their mission to deliver Wade to Contention, where he would be put on the 3:10 train to Yuma prison. However thanks to Wade and his gang, the odds stack progressively higher agains Evans and his crew.
Personally I loved this film. Crowe and Bale both play their characters well, director James Mangold manages to twang a few strings of emotion and there is plenty of action to get excited about from start to finish.
On a bad note, I couldn't help but feel disappointed with the portrayal of Dan Evans. Although he is supposed to be a now poor war veteran, who has lost some pride, you can't help but want him to become a refreshed bad ass when hes given a gun and a mission to do. Instead he gets beaten up for the vast majority of the film, and barely takes a shot at anyone.
Maybe thats just me, but none the less, this is a great movie
This is a 15 rated Western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale that runs for almost two hours. This contains some strong language and some very graphic and bloody violence.
There are two central characters in this story: a struggling Arizona rancher Dan Evans (Bale) who lost part of his leg whilst serving as a sharp shooter for the Unionists during the American Civil War and who lives with his wife and two boys. The second main character is Ben Wade (Crowe) an infamous and apparently stereotypical outlaw fast with his six-shooter and seemingly amoral. He regularly holds up money wagons and at the beginning of this film he holds up a rail road money wagon outside the town of Bisbee. After the heist Wade is apprehended in Bisbee with Evans present. As Evans is strapped for cash he agrees, for $200, to join the posse that will escort Wade to Contention. The plan being that Wade will be put on the 3:10 train to Yuma where he will face trial.
The creators of this film have tried to make this different than the usual Western but have done so without straying too far from what we have come to expect from this genre:
Horse riding - tick
A band of outlaws - tick
An all American hero - tick
Fist fights - tick
Quick draw gun-slinging - tick
Indians (that is to say Native Americans) - tick
I'm a man who enjoys a good action film and although not the fastest paced story ever this had plenty enough action to stop me losing interest. As well as the usual mentioned above this film stands apart from others for a couple of reasons. Firstly the outlaw Wade appears to be well educated, religious, well mannered and does have some sense of decency. The relationship between him and Evans is interesting because it's not just good guy - bad guy who mutually hate each other. In fact Evans and Wade develop some respect for each other. The other relationship portrayed in this film is between Evans and his son William (Logan Lerman). This relationship, although not strictly necessary to the story, gives added depth to the main characters and helps develop Dan Evans' motivations for his actions.
This is well acted all round and both Bale and Crowe managed to avoid slipping into their peculiarly gruff "I am Batman" / "I am Maximus Decimus Meridius" voices. Credit goes to the young Lerman and also to Ben Foster playing Charlie Prince: Wade's right hand man leading the band of outlaws to free Ben. Foster portrays this evil and sinister outlaw convincingly.
In 2007 three Western films were made including £:10 to Yuma, a remake of the 1957 film adapted from Elmore Leonard's short story of the same name. Directed by James Mangold at a time when there seemed to be a sudden resurgence in the genre, this really is a great cowboy movie and I for one will still be happy to watch it in years to come.
You don't need to see the original or even to have read the book in order to enjoy this film, it is a contemporary good old fashion O.K. Corrall gun fighting, hat wearing, spittoon dinger of a film. With a fantastic cast all round and some exceptional acting displayed from both Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. This coupled with the talent of director James Mangold sets this film well and truly on course for excellence.
The plot is relatively basic but that adds to the intensity of the unfolding narrative which by the end leaves you completely gripped and hanging on every word. The character development is strong and the subtle underlying distant drums and guitar create a wonderful sense of suspense throughout. The sub text involves quite a touching story between a father setting an example to a son that's coming of age, this element surprisingly add quite nicely to the dramatisation of the whole production.
I don't want to give too much of the plot away but I do want to make people understand just how good a film this really is....So please give it a go, you wont be disappointed.
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I'm always a bit nervous when it comes to remakes, but 3:10 to Yuma is the rare exception to the rule that actually improves on the original Glenn Ford film. I'm a big fan of Westerns, and given how the genre is mostly dead, it's nice to see a smart, well acted one that's a little old school and has a wealth of psychological complexity.
The film revolves around a crippled rancher called Dan Evans (Christian Bale), who volunteers to take an infamous criminal, Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the 3:10 to Yuma, a train that will take him to prison for all of his crimes. However, things are of course complicated by the fact that Wade is a master criminal, and isn't going to be taken there without a fight, and Wade's posse, led by the psychopathic Charlie Prince (Ben Foster), who plans to catch up with them and free Wade.
What impresses me a lot is the emotional and psychological complexity of the film. It's largely concerned with Evans trying to make his sons proud of him, after he lost part of his leg in a war. Also interesting is how the film makes Crowe's Wade a likeable man despite how much of a violent and unpredictable nut he is.
There are numerous exhilarating set pieces, and the film really deftly combines action and meditative and thoughtful drama. Also, it's packed with great performances, and Mangold's direction is very impressive for someone not versed in the genre.
A thrilling resuscitation of the Western genre, with excellent Oscar-caliber performances from Crowe, Bale and Ben Foster. The film starts off rather slowly, but the final 30 minutes are nail-bitingly tense, and this is certainly one to watch, but will be inevitably ignored in way of more mainstream fare.
Daniel Evans (Christian Bale) is a rancher who lost part of his leg in the Civil War. He owes a large amount of money and is being threatened with the loss of his ranch. Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is a cold blooded outlaw who is captured after the heist of a stagecoach. Ben must be escorted to Contention in order to catch the 3:10 train to Yuma. Daniel volunteers to help with the escort and in return he will be paid enough to pay of his debts and keep his ranch. On the way Ben and Dan become close friends and both go through life changing transitions. They must also avoid Ben's gang of criminals led by Charlie Prince (Ben Foster) who are intent on freeing their leader and killing those who are escorting him.
3:10 To Yuma is a brilliant film and really deserved some Oscar nominations. Russell Crowe was at his best in this film and this had an effect of Christian Bale who also put in a brilliant performance. Russell Crowe really made you feel sorry for his character Ben towards the end of the film which is something only great actors can do especially when they are playing a ruthless killer. Ben Foster put in one of the best supporting acting roles of the year playing his character.
3:10 To Yuma has enough action to keep you entertained and you won't notice that the film is nearly 2 hours long at the end as it really leaves you wanting more. In a time when Hollywood is churning out remakes it was also refreshing to see a remake that is better than an already good original.
Released in 2007 this film is a big budget remake of a popular Western from the 1950's.
Whats it about:
The film is set in the lawless Wild West of the late 19th Century, in the late 1800's. The infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is the scourge of the Southern Railroads as a robber and notorious murderer. Wade is captured, however nobody is brave enough to take this reviled villain to the 3:10 to Yuma, the train to take Wade to trial....except injured Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale) a brave man short of cash and desperate to keep his ranch open.
Evans escorts Wade to the train with Wade's criminal gang in hot pursuit, during the journey the two leads build a grudging respect for each other, but the journey takes a violent turn which questions all of Evans ethics and its not just the money that motivates this disillusioned veteran, he wants to prove to his son that he is a man to be respected and looked up to, rather than Wade.
I actually really enjoyed this film, its very rare nowadays to recreate the spirit of the old westerns, money seems to make the films either want to be too gritty or really want to gloss them over, this film is essentially a character study of the two leads, its a battle for Evans' in ensuring his son see's him as a role model rather than the ruthless Wade, its interesting watching this flawed hero fight his inner demons and grudgingly respect his rival, the interplay between the charming rough diamond Wade and Evans morally superior character is excellent, Crowe is brilliant in this film, I found his character utterly believable as a cocky, confident killer, he has charm, guile and is obviously highly intelligent and watching him try to charm and double cross Evans is a joy in itself, Bale is also strong as the decent man fighting his own inner demons and a gang of baddies, his character isn't as well rounded as I would have liked, but Bale battles manfully with his performance, Ben Foster also stands out as Wade's right hand man a creepy villain who you just want to see get his just desserts.
The film looks great, the action is fast and furious and there is real suspense, will Evans crack, will Wade break free, will Evans' gain the respect of his son, its a fun film, sometimes I wonder why remakes occur but with this one, I do think Crowe brings a real special ability to the villain, the action is much more realistic in this film than in the original and it has a real authentic feel.
It is a tense, thrilling film, I didn't expect this to be anywhere near as good as it is, and I really think Crowe is exceptional he seems to be having the time of his life and totally controls the screen, as Bale proved in the Dark Knight, he can hold his own against stellar individual performances and their interplay makes this film such a great experience.
The DVD is available on Amazon for £4.98 and includes the following Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Director - James Mangold
Outlaws, Gangs and Posses
An Epic Explored
I have never been a huge fan of westerns, musicals or any types of films in that ilk. Therefore I have to admit to being shallow and wanting to see this movie because I like both Christian Bale and Russell Crowe.
However, I was very surprised at how good this move was. Crowe dos what he does best and that is to p people off whether he is acting or just as he is and his role in this is perfect. A man without any seeming redemption, a violent and vicious, thieving outlaw who has finally been captured and needs to be delivered to his sentencing. Bale's character is a farmer or man of the land down on his luck and looking to make some money to save his family home and land. He takes on the unenviable job of escorting Crowe to get the train that will deliver him to his execution ground - this is the 3.10 to Yuma of the film's title.
I am not into spoilers so I don't go into the details. However this is an interesting film with a good, consistently pacey script, well directed and excellent cinematography. Both Bale and Crowe try and out act each other however never to the point whereby you feel they have "lost it". They both well and competently and although the script is not challenging, they both manage to make it entertaining.
The real let down is the end which I felt was weak and unfortunately this is why I won't give the movie the highest rating. The ending does make you feel a little false and it does detract from the overall film.
The fight scenes are good, well choreographed and a bit tongue in cheek. The shoot outs are cleverly done and exhibit what appears to be a lot of training on Crowe's part to learn how to handle firearms convincingly
This reminds of an earlier cowboy film that Crowe did with Sharon Stone. However unlike his earlier outing, Crowe's performance does not make me laugh or cringe.
It is a good film, entertaining with strong performances. I cannot get excited over this film as it is nothing more than an entertaining, fun, intelligent cowboy movie.
3:10 to Yuma is a tale about a man who has went through a drought and has a large debt to pay in order to keep his land and to keep his family from being homeless. His young son has Tuberculosis and the Arizona dry air has always been a good atmosphere for people with breathing and lung problems and so it is not a choice for him to be uprooted from his land even if they have somewhere else to go so he must take a job in transporting a wanted outlaw killer and robber to Contention, Az. in order to catch a 3:10 train to Yuma, Az so that the prisoner can go to prison and be hung. The story leads you on their journey and the struggles they must endure.
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie as it wasn't what I expected. The story was not just about outlaws and killers and the old west, but a story of a man trying to prove to himself and his son that he is brave and has what it takes to be a hero. I know it's not an original concept, but it was a original story and the actors did a good job of bringing the story to life.
I like Russell Crowe and thought he did a fine job in this movie of being an outlaw and a good man at the same time. I know what that is like and maybe his portrayal can help make other believe that not all men that do bad things are bad people. I am torn between loving and hating Christian Bale, but I thought this was the perfect role for him and he did an excellent job. He should have never been Batman, lol. The action parts weren't the greatest in the movie, but they had their place.
One thing I did not like is that they portrayed the guy who is paying them to bring the prisoner in as just a money hungry business person throughout most of the movie. The prisoner had robbed this business mans train company for over $400,000 and his company wanted this man hanged regardless of who got in the way and whatever price had to be paid even if it means taking innocent lives. In the end they try to make this man seem as if he truly does have a heart and that money is no longer an object to him.
This is bullcrap to me as money is truly the driving force in these types of peoples hearts and their is no rehabilitation from this mindset as greed is a non curable disease. This is my opinion and you may not agree, but I have seen this throughout history and throughout my life. That is really my only complaint. The ending was great. Although not likely, it was something I didn't expect.
I wasn't real eager to see this when I seen the previews as I am not a big fan of movies that portray the old west with a few exceptions such as Tombstone. I really hate the fact that people make out the old west to be some glorified great time in my countries history when really it was a despicable time. Don't get me wrong, I have been a criminal in my life and at times an outlaw and I love the idea of true freedom, but their freedom and the criminals who ruled had small minds.
Today, in my world at least, criminals and truly free men like me can actually be intellectual and use their brains to attain the freedoms they want, whereas back then it was mostly brute force and barbarianism. I am no longer a criminal because the freedoms I can have by my lifestyle are not worth prison time. I would rather be poor and homeless than have temporary riches and spend the rest of my life in prison.
All-in-all this was s good movie, maybe not worth seeing in the theaters, but certainly worth renting.
I'm never really sure about westerns and so rarely rent them. I really enjoyed the gritty 'Open Range' a while back with Kevin Costner yet was disappointed with Clint Eastwoods 'Unforgiven' and quickly bored with the recent talked up, 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford'. But on the advice of dooyoos esteemed film reviewer, 'Prakispark', I was advised to give the western genre one more go and take a chance on 'The 3:10 From Yuma', a remake of the classic western starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. Well I did and I liked it, more Open Range than Brad Pitt trying to be Clint Eastwood, that's for sure.
The formula here is to put two big actors up on screen and let them go head-to-head, an old style western approach that made those movies so good back in the day. The Magnificent Seven of Newman and McQueen etc up on their horses trying to outdo each other on screen in the ego pecking order with a tip of the hat here or the spin of the six-shooter there was something to behold. Here its brawler Crowe versus the intense Bale, Crowe the bigger scene stealer of the two, Bale the bigger mouth by far, especially to anyone on set who makes more noise than him. Tom Cruise versus Eric Bana was the original pairing lined up by director James Mangold, a very different movie that would have been for sure. Cruise...a cowboy?
Russell Crowe ... Ben Wade
Christian Bale ... Dan Evans
Logan Lerman ... William Evans
Dallas Roberts ... Grayson Butterfield
Ben Foster ... Charlie Prince
Peter Fonda ... Byron McElroy
Vanessa Shaw ... Emma Nelson
Alan Tudyk ... Doc Potter
Luce Rains ... Marshal Weathers
Gretchen Mol ... Alice Evans
Lennie Loftin ... Glen Hollander
Rio Alexander ... Campos
Johnny Whitworth ... Darden
Shawn Howell ... Jackson (as Shawn D. Howell)
Pat Ricotti ... Jorgensen
Bale plays Dan Evans, a beleaguered homesteader, crippled by losing his foot in the civil war two years back and so on unable to stop his family being forced of their land by an unscrupulous prospector, Grayson Butterfield (Dallas Roberts), hoping to steel Evans land from under him to obtain his water rights and so sell on to the railway for a huge profits that's cutting through New Mexico. After the latest attack where his barn is burned down he can literally see his sons respect for him flickering out like the flames in the ash, the pathetic clunk of his wooden leg trying to stop Butterfield as ominous as the sound of the nails going into his coffin if he doesn't fix this, only his wife Alice (Grechen Mol) still trusting her man to come through.
So enter Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), a notorious outlaw who just happens to be passing through with his gang of cutthroats, today knocking off the local stagecoach that's carrying the payroll for the railway company. When Evans and his sons are unfortunate enough to stumble upon the raid, a charismatic Wade takes their horses and not their lives for their interference, the one survivor from the robbery, Byron McElroy (Peter Fonda, no less), left alive with them to the tale and grow the legend.
Back in the nearby town of Bisby the sheriff's posse heads out to find out what has happened to the payroll, fearing the worse, leaving the town wide open to Wade and his gang to enjoy, which they do. But through chance Wade is captured and his gang run out of town, meaning another posse is required to ride Wade out to the town of Contention, where he will hopefully be put on the 3:10 to Yuma, the prison train, tried for his crime and so an eventual hanging awaiting. Bit Wade is a slippery snake and the ride will be tough, the remaining members of the gang likely to be stalking their route and waiting their chance.
Evans seizes the day and decides to ride with them for a share of the bounty to pay off Butterfield and reclaim his land. But Wade is a real sharp cookie and soon psyching out the members of the posse, including Evans, which sees a macho and unexpected mutual respect grow between the two men on route as the body count rises, and so Wades chances of escape increase. But it's now no longer about justice but a mans pride and dignity, Wade short of both and Evans wanting his back. And as the reaming members of both gangs head into Indian country on a deadly short cut if they do get to Contention alive then that will have been achieved...
* Exactly ten minutes pass in the movie between the clock striking 3:00 and the arrival of the train.
This is an old style western with a modern clarity, the authentic locations and gritty feel making it look no different from the classic years of the genre. These are not pastel coloured cowboys in pristine clean flannels with huge Star-of David Sheriff's badges catching the sun but genuine grubby frontiersmen trying to stay alive. It's very much the man against the elements approach and although not quite as gritty and realistic as the excellent Open Range-no doubt the director is aping that movies texture with this-it does deliver a solid narrative and enough tension.
All the clichés are there but you would expect that, Crowe's piercing inquisitive blue eyes playing with every single one of them, the more reserved Bale expressing his craft and 'method' over Crowe's blatant showing off style in these big open sky movies. There are no supporting performances of note although it was great to see Peter Fonda in a movie once again, this time the easy riding on horseback.
I suppose was most likeable about this is that director James Mangold didn't mess it up and make it to predictable, able to keep the tension grinding on upwards for the two hours with great skill. The remake has a different ending, if you're old enough to remember the 1957 version (Prakispark does, of course), and its confident film-making like this which often makes or breaks a remake. I would like to give this seven out of ten and so not quite four dooyoo stars as it's not a movie that stays with you long but it was so much better than Brad Pitts yawn that I will go with the extra star off my chest, me no longer the sheriff of Contention. Any movie that can still get away with having those totally made up swing-doors on the saloon entrance get s my vote.
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This film is one of my top five films along with other favorites, Walk the line, Into the wild, Catch me if you can, City of god. I only just watched this film about 2 months ago after ordering it from love films. I didnt hold much hope for the film as expected it to be much the same as 'The assasination of jesse james by the coward robert ford' which i had recently watch and not enjoyed, (see the review for full details). But after it started i was plesently surprised and it even kept getting better and better.
The film is about an infamous outlaw called ben wade who is captured in the process of robbing a train. The local authorities need to put him on the 3-10 train to yuma. The stories is a tale of the main character who is paid to protect ben wade and get him on the train's battle with ben wade outlaw crew which are trying to release their leader.
The film is very well acted and stylishly filmed.
The 3:10 to Yuma is a re-make of an old cowboy film, I'm not sure I've seen the original - not knowingly anyway, so I can't compare the two. What I can say though is that I was left mesmerised by Russel Crowe's performance in this film, I'd previously always thought he was a third-rate actor but he showed his true colours in this movie. The only dilemma was working out whether his performance was better than Christian Bale's or vice-versa in this action packed Western film.
Dan (Christian Bale) is suffering from financial problems, someone wants his land for a railroad, his cattle has been stolen, his feed has burnt, he's got a wonky leg and is striving to get some respect from his family. Russell Crowe meanwhile plays Ben Wade, a notorious villain who has killed more men than most and enjoys the finer things of life such as women, booze and err holding up stage coaches.
The two are very different characters yet have a great onscreen chemistry, both of them change throughout the film and their dislike for each other changes by the end of the film. With lots of gun battles, saloon satisfaction and moments of suspense such as hiding from Apaches and being chased through a Chinese mine town, this film works really well.
The scenery looks like it did in old Westerns but with colour and modern day filming, the action parts are far superior and make it much more exciting. I was worried this might be a let down but despite a slightly unbelievable plot - this is an excellent film.
3:10 Yuma is a remake of a film of the same name. The original was shown in 1957 and based on the story by Elmore Leonard which I am sure all you lovers of westerns will know. The modern version, while revelling in all the most entertaining conventions of its genre, it strives and achieves a deeper look into moral psychology. On one level it is about gunfights, shiny spurs and saloon poker games but on another, it's a film about the vague lines between right and wrong, and the law in an unruly border land.
Director James Mangold (Walk the Line) brings us another film that deals with the American West and the personal search for respect and salvation. The story is simple enough. Dan Evans ( Christian Bale) is a wounded Civil War veteran and a rancher from Arizona. He has fallen on hard times and is about to lose his ranch to the Southern Pacific Railway who are bringing the railroad to the town of Bisbee. In the eyes of his teenage son (Logan Lerman) his dad comes across as a bit of a loser and he wishes he was more like the heroes of the Old West stories he used to buy for a dime. Seeking to prove himself Dan falls upon an important chance to redeem himself.
Ben Wade, (Russell Crowe) a notorious outlaw and threat to the railway, has just been captured in Bisbee. One of the Southern Pacific's railway men hopes to free the region from this infamous pest by offering a handsome reward to any man who is willing to join a posse to safely transport Wade to prison. Evans jumps at the chance but the task is harder than it seems. For a start it is a three day trek to the town of Contention where Wade has to be put on the 3:10 train to the Federal Court in Yuma. The journey promises to be a dangerous one. Not only will it be plagued with hostile indians, railroad scoundrels, as well as the violent gang of fugitives determined to release - Wade - before he his put on the train.
As the momentous journey plays out, bullets fly and blood pours. The posse finds Wade to be deadly even when tied, gagged and without his gun. As the dead bodies pile up, Evans becomes determined to be the only man left standing with Wade - the man who actually hands him over to the law.
From the beginning of the film, it is clear that the interaction betwen Evans and Wade isn't going to be your typical battle of enemies. Wade seems to have respect for Evans. He sees him as a law abiding family man driven only by his wish to protect his land and integrity. Likewise, Evans seems indifferent about destroying Wade. I find the scene where Wade sits at the dinner table with Evans family and Evans carves the meat for the cuffed Wade, very heartwarming. He might as well be a distant relative in town to excite his nephews with stories of gunfights, hold-ups and Indian attacks. However, Wade's familial magic cannot hide the fact that he is a wicked man.
Crowe's mischeviously complicated portrayal of Ben Wade is a self described, cruel villian who is as enthralled with his own mythology as everyone else is frightened of it. He torments his prey psychologiically. He is deadly with the gun but his words are far more evil.
Like most psychological tormentors in the world of movies, Wade, is well read and deft at quoting bible verses to tease his enemies. He quotes the proverbs like a preacher man and justifies his own actions in a twisted manner. He believes that God is the only judge of right and wrong, and man has no authority to judge him.
Wade's character is a very interesting one especially the strange mythology that surrounds him and it is even more interesting towards the end when you see the shell he has built around himself beginning to crack. But for me, Evans is even more interesting. I felt myself sympathising with him because after all he is just a family man, protecting everything he loves and owns and carrying out justice. But as the film goes on I began to question his motives. Was he really doing this for the reward money and serving justice? Or was it his pride pushing him on? In the end I realised that he wasn't much different to the man he held prisoner. As more and more people are killed and he begins to put his own family in danger these questions become pertinent and you wonder if there is a deep and more psychological drive within him.
Bale and Crowe's work is excellent and they do a fine job whether it is sharing scenes with the supporting cast or when both together on screen.The supporting cast including a tired looking Peter Fonda, are impressive too and I would say that the cast makes the movie. But the one who steals the show is Ben Foster who plays the trigger happy Charlie Prince. This young actor really captures the untamed spirit of the west. You really believe he is the wickedest of outlaws. He is amazing.
Although there are psychological aspects to the film, Yuma is still an action packed western filmed in a lurid style. We still get to see the old familiar scenes of gunfights and stampeding cattle and the baddie is still dressed like Johnny Cash.
Most of the tension is created by the knowledge of what is coming at 3:10 and throughout the film there are images of pocket watches reminding us of the train's arrival. (I wonder where I've seen that before). Yuma portrays a West that is fierce, desolate and morally unclear. Its characters are a mixture of both good and bad and each one has a chance to change and save themselves from whatever evil past they came from. Whether or not this happens you will have to watch the film and find out.
Running Time 117 minutes
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3:10 To Yuma is a remake of the classic 1957 western. Starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, the movie tells the story of law-abiding Dan Evans (Bale) escorting the gunslinger Ben Wade (Crowe) to jail.
Although many people don't like this movie, I found it extremely watchable and gripping - even though i've never really been a fan of the Western genre. Balancing action scenes with the exploration of the characters, I found myself getting involved in the plot.
Christian Bale is excellent in this role, and Russell Crowe adds a lot of character to his part - the relationship between these two characters works well, and is the basis for the whole movie.
All in all I really did enjoy this, but have not seen the original to compare it to. The film is well shot and scripted - in my opinion being the best western made for quite some time. The ending, which has received some criticism, is not at all bad.
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.