- Actors: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts
- Directors: James Mangold
- Writers: Derek Haas, Elmore Leonard, Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt
- Producers: Aaron Downing, Cathy Konrad, Dixie J. Capp
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Alliance Films
- Release Date: Jan. 8 2008
- Run Time: 122 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000Y9P2S2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,096 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
3:10 to Yuma (Widescreen)
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Here's hoping James Mangold's big, raucous, and ultrabloody remake of 3:10 to Yuma leads some moviegoers to check out Delmer Daves's beautifully lean, half-century-old original. That classic Western spun a tale of captured outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford)--deadly but disarmingly affable--and the small-time rancher and family man, Dan Evans (Van Heflin), desperate enough to accept the job of helping escort the badman to Yuma prison. Wade, knowing that his gang will be along at any moment to spring him, works at persuading the ultimately lone deputy to accept a bribe, turn his back on "duty," and go home safe and rich to his family. That the outlaw has come to admire his captor intriguingly complicates the suspense.All of the above applies in the new 3:10, but it takes a lot more huffing and puffing to get Wade (Russell Crowe this time) and Evans (Christian Bale) into position for the showdown. Mostly, more is less.
To Mangold's credit, his movie doesn't traffic in facile irony or postmodern detachment; it aims to be a straight-up Western and deliver the excitement and charisma the genre's fans are starved for. But recognizing that contemporary viewers might be out of touch with the bedrock simplicity and strength of the genre--not to mention its code of honor--Mangold has supplied both Evans and Wade with a plethora of backstory and "motivations." At the overblown action climax, the crossfire of personal agendas is almost as frenetic as the copious gunplay. (By that point the movie has killed more people than the Lincoln County War.) Best thing about the remake is Russell Crowe's Ben Wade, a Scripture-quoting career villain with an artist's eye and a curiously principled sense of whom and when to murder. As his second-in-command, Ben Foster fairly pirouettes at every opportunity to commit mayhem, and Peter Fonda contributes a fierce portrait of an old Wade adversary turned bounty hunter for the Pinkerton detective agency. --Richard T. Jameson
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The problem is (SPOILER ALERT) the ending is so ridiculous. We're supposed to believe not only does one man fight off about 50 guys shooting at him from all angles but that his prisoner is going to suddenly follow him to the prison train while his posse attempts to free him. I'm sorry, but the ending was a HUGE letdown and seemed so Hollywood after the entire movie tried to prove it wasn't just another run-of-the-mill Western.
The extras are great as they show how these Western towns were built and furnished among other things.
Sadly, this was a 5-star movie until the last 20 minutes.
3:10 to Yuma is a well polished piece of western cinema. If Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven was an elegy to the once alive and well American genre then I guess 3:10 to Yuma is an fitting in memoriam. It's a remake actually, although almost unrecognizable from the original 1957 western. Other than what amounts to being a fairly unsatisfying conclusion, 3:10 to Yuma is one of the best films of 2007 so far. There are many things to praise here. James Mangold (Walk the Line, Copland) puts together a fun and entertaining shoot'em up that also happens to deliver in both style and substance. The characters are great here and the performances are handled well enough that I wouldn't be too surprised if we saw two or three get credit in the upcoming award season. Although, the fantastic screenplay may very well be the unsung hero.
Christian Bale repeatedly solidifies his reputation as a great actor by, in my humble opinion, actually upstaging Crowe. Part of that is the character of Wade, which I'm almost tempted to say was written to be an ego-booster for Russell Crowe. I'm not one of those people who tries to bash Crowe though, he is amazing in this too. His presence is formidable in anything and the character of Ben Wade definitely calls for it. The best performance in this film and who I think would be well rewarded with a Golden Globe or an Oscar nomination is Ben Foster as Charlie Prince. I'm pretty sure we'll see him get nominated and perhaps even win. He is incredibly scary and one the best villains to come along in some time. Gretchen Mol and Peter Fonda were very good in their limited roles as well. I actually think this is hands down the best ensemble cast of the year so far and one of the best to come along in quite a while.
Still, the film does seem anti-climactic and maybe upon another viewing I'll concede that the ending was satisfying, but for now it really is that alone that keeps 3:10 to Yuma from getting a perfect rating. It's the first film of the year that I'd recommend seeing as soon as possible because by award season this will likely be one of the movies everyone is talking about.
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