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3:10 To Yuma (DVD)
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3:10 To Yuma (DVD)
Date: 22/02/08, updated on 06/02/10 (112 review reads)
Advantages: EXCITING AND REALISTIC WESTERN
When a psychopathic outlaw falls into the hands of lawmen in a small town, someone has to make sure he boards a train bound for Yuma and prison-the 3-10 and all the while his gang are circling like dusty sharks.
Thats the plot in a nutshell of this exciting and realistic western.
Ben Wade the psychopath is of the most dangerous variety-namely an intelligent one and Russell Crowe turns him into a most charismatic villain. Watch him in the scene where he almost hypnotises the farmers wife by instinctively latching on to her personality and longings, and he's alone with her for only about a minute.
Christian Bale is Dan Evans the farmer under pressure on several fronts-businessmen who want his land by any means to further the railroad(railroads being a constant theme throughout the movie) his wife struggling against the threat of poverty, a rebellious son who sees an opening as Alpha Male and his own severe war handicap thats left him with a tin foot.
But he's also that pillar of many western films-a decent man Christian Bale lends him a heart of frontier integrity. He's the one who volunteers himself to escort the prisoner to the railway station. The pair become bound together as events snowball to their tense and bloody confusion.
We can sense that Wade is drawn to Evans in a way that he can see his own obverse character.
The original source is an Elmore Leonard story that was filmed first in 1957 dircted by Delmar Davies an equally good effort with Glenn Ford as Wade and Van Helflen as Evans. Ford especially notable playing against type as the dangerously seductive outlaw. James Mangolds new film adheres fairly closely to the previous apart froma big departure at the end, but 'nuff said I'm no spoiler.
Another high point is Peter Fonda's grizzled bounty hunter with a voice so rough you could rub doors down with it. Also spot Jeffrey Wright who was so good in another western-a great one-Ang Lee's Ride With The Devil in an almost non speaking part overseeing chinese railway labourers.
3-10 to Yuma will stand well among the best westerns made since the genre's supposed renaissance began with Unforgiven.
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