Rancher Dan Evans agrees to help transport the captured outlaw Ben Wade to the nearest town with a rail station so he can be taken to Yuma for trial. Meanwhile Wade’s gang hunts down Evans and Wade, determined to save their boss from hanging.
Russell Crowe (Ben Wade), Christian Bale (Dan Evans), Logan Lerman (William), Dallas Roberts (Grayson), Ben Foster (Charlie), Peter Fonda (Byron), Vinessa Shaw (Emma), Alan Tudyk (Doc), Luce Rains (Weathers), Gretchen Mol (Alice).
3:10 to Yuma begins with a bit of drama meant to explain Dan. A bit more drama explains Wade. Then the film puts the two together and things start to roll. Probably the most entertaining aspect of the film is the power exchange between Evans and Wade, as each has control at different points in the story. The film finishes with a nicely done ending that reminds us two men with differences can still have respect for one another.
Acting was good with Crowe being in type and delivering his usual hard performance. Bale did surprisingly well as a cowboy delivering a believable performance. Lerman supported well and shows good promise. The remainder of the supporting cast did a good job all around.
Camera work was good while the natural sets and backgrounds fit the film nicely. Physical effects were well done throughout presenting nice, solid action scenes. Dialogue was good and seemed to fit the film. Sound and soundtrack were also fitting and quality.
Overall 3:10 to Yuma is a well done remake of the original 50’s film with good attention to detail and consistency. Fans of westerns, or the original, will likely enjoy this one quite a bit.
With violence and some foul language this should be fine for older teens and above.
3:10 to Yuma is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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