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3:10 to Yuma (2007)
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by Cochise

"A brilliant Western. Don't miss it if you love westerns."
4 stars

This is a great western. Anyone who loves reading or watching westerns will absolutely love this film. It has a brilliant plot and fantastic camera work. The visuals are everything one would expect.

WARNING - In order to review this film and discuss its meaning, I have to reveal the ending. So . . . if you don't want to know what happens in the end, please don't read this until after you have seen the film.

This film will satisfy any die-hard western fan. It has all the elements one would expect and want in a western. There is the bad guy with an artistic soul, but still a bad guy. Then there are the evil henchmen, the cowardly lawmen, the son who wants to prove himself to his father, the father who needs money for his ranch (the land of which the railroad wants), gunplay. a train, a mine and an archetypal western town.

The plot basically is that Dan Evans, a rancher who was wounded in the Civil War and has part of his leg amputated and has to use a prothesis to walk, is being harassed by the railroad to pay back some money he owes. (The railroad men burn his barn in one scene.)

The badman Russel Crowe is captured after a stagecoach robbery and Evans asks for the job of taking Wade to the 3:10 Train to Yuma so Wade can stand trial. The money Evans would get would help him keep his ranch.

Wade's gang is not too happy about their leader going to jail so they set off in pursuit of Evans to free their boss.

There is a lot of gunfighting and a sharpshooter with a very interesting rifle. There is an interesting scene where the sharpshooter is trying to get a shot at the station with his telescopic sight and the arriving train is casting a moving shadow that will prevent the man's shot. The frustration on the shooter's face is plain. A brilliant touch.

Wade is a very interesting character. He is a sympathetic character (in the literary sense, that is, the audience can relate to the character because he is not all bad, but has qualities the audience can relate to Ė his reading the Bible, drawing sketches, and having a philosophical bent.)

Evans is your typical Western hero, who does amazing things and has unbelievable courage and the determination to do the right thing. In a sense, he is a stock character as he does not change in any way as the film progresses. Wade, on the other hand, shows qualities that the audience probably will not expect.

One very satisfying part of the film is where the father proves himself to his son. But the death of the father (the hero) is not supposed to happen in Westerns. That it did happen is a tribute to the writer 's courage to not be predictable. Still, I do not like it when the hero is killed. (I didnít like John Wayne being killed in The Cowboys, either.)

Wade killing his henchmen shows that Wade is not pure evil.

The scene where Wade turns against his gang and attempts to go voluntarily with Evans to get to the train station to get on the train may make the audience wonder why Wade is willing to go to prison. The twist in the film is that Wade knows he can escape from the prison. (Before they hang him, of course.)

I have not seen the original so I will not make a comparison here. In a way I am glad I didn't as I get a perspective on this film unsullied by having seen the old one. Be that as it may, I recommend you buy this film to include in your western collection. I would put it up there on my shelf alongside my other classic westerns.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell great western remake 5 stars
1/23/14 Charles Tatum Outstanding remake, a modern classic 5 stars
4/30/09 Jessica Hurst This movie was friggin awesome. The guys wre really hott too. 5 stars
1/13/09 Anonymous. finally a good western. 4 stars
12/21/08 noops.... their wrists move fast ...they r westerners 5 stars
9/14/08 Annie G Probably now my favorite western. 3 stars
9/07/08 Halad65 A great western. Bale and Crowe are great. 5 stars
7/06/08 John Millheim Good western, Crowe does a great job 5 stars
6/14/08 Michele Loved it, and I totally got the ending. Ben's remarks at the beginning give the ending away 5 stars
5/29/08 MDH-Matt One of '07's best. Crowe+Bale=Dream. Too bad Ben Foster steals the movie 5 stars
4/13/08 mark madsen this is a great movie. 5 stars
4/04/08 Colleen Cousineau My husband loved it, I don't care for westerns. 3 stars
3/29/08 R.W. Welch Nifty western until the finale which gets a little out-of-control. 4 stars
3/15/08 KingNeutron Saw it and was really disappointed - any Louis Lamour book is better than this junk. 2 stars
3/08/08 Phil M. Aficionado Strong cast and superb production values; the action and morals are extras 4 stars
3/02/08 Servo Not bad, but the ending just feels false. 3 stars
3/01/08 mormor613 Emotional rollercoaster ... superbly done 5 stars
2/06/08 Monday Morning Man, was this thing overrated. Many TV shows are much better. 3 stars
1/30/08 mr.mike Crowe and the Morricone-inspired score are aces 5 stars
1/17/08 Jason The plot makes is a nonsensical cliche of reatrdation 2 stars
1/09/08 action movie fan slightly above cliche western-not very exciting but i don,t care for westerns anyway 2 stars
1/08/08 Double M Those who think people are only extreme good\evil won't get the ending. A+ Cast. Brilliant. 5 stars
11/12/07 Alec Started out on the right foot, but the ending ruins the whole film. 2 stars
10/24/07 William Goss Thoroughly solid remake, with Fonda arguably leading a very good ensemble. 4 stars
10/08/07 Bert Kaplan Great movie; powerful,thoroughly engrosing, fades a bit at the end though 5 stars
9/26/07 damalc can't think of a movie with bale or crowe that i didn't like 5 stars
9/25/07 raimey wright Outstanding-Russell Crowe now rides along with the greats of the old west.SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/23/07 Edler Very disappointing- The story is not believable and the characters are not likeable. 3 stars
9/22/07 Ole Man Bourbon Good movie, stupid ending. 4 stars
9/22/07 MP Bartley Mangold knows his genres inside out. Bale and Crowe outstanding. 4 stars
9/18/07 Quigley A pretty entertaining Western carried by Crowe and Bale. Not enough gunfights and action 4 stars
9/17/07 Private Deliberate, classy morality themed western based drame. Solid acting 4 stars
9/14/07 Bopo Very disappointing. A good theme that needed a better story to tell it. 3 stars
9/14/07 ciscokid Plot had too many holes and ending that makes no sense, Peter Fonda's character was great 2 stars
9/11/07 Elizabeth Nice to see a good western again! 4 stars
9/11/07 mark just another over the top shoot em up 3 stars
9/10/07 Jim Dumb. Bad guy wasn't loved by mom & shoot the bad guys standing in the street! 1 stars
9/09/07 Russ This movie looks awesome 5 stars
9/09/07 Joe Smaltz I may have seen a stupider, and worse movie, but I don't remember it. Crowe had a nice hat! 1 stars
9/07/07 Luce Rains Marshal Weathers in 3:10 to Yuma 5 stars
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