Chris Morris 01/23/2008
The Western is showing signs of regained life, and no picture is a better example of the renascent genre than 3:10 to Yuma. Inspired by an Elmore Leonard story and originally filmed in 1957 with Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, the remake sports compelling performances by its leads, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. The notorious murderer and robber Ben Wade (Crowe) is captured, and struggling farmer Dan Evans (Bale) accepts an offer of $200 to join a motley posse and pack the criminal onto a train to the state prison at Yuma. During an arduous, violent journey, the group is menaced by renegade Indians, rogue lawmen, and Wade’s gang, and the charismatic, deadly Wade presents a threat all by himself.
Crisply directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line), the film is packed with action and pulsates with unremitting suspense. But 3:10 to Yuma gains its force from the dynamic relationship between its two main characters – convincingly portrayed, ironically enough in this most American of genres, by an Australian and a Welshman. Crowe gives an Oscar-caliber performance, imbuing his homicidal outlaw with complexity and depth; he is perfectly matched by Bale as his resolute captor. The supporting cast shines; especially worthy are Ben Foster as Wade’s psychopathic lieutenant, Peter Fonda as his Pinkerton adversary, and Logan Lerman as Evans’ feisty son.
Exciting as it is, this is no mere popcorn movie. The intelligent script turns on profound questions of right and wrong in a landscape painted in shades of grey; nearly every scene ponders some hefty moral dilemma. 3:10 to Yuma is a thinking man’s Western, worthy of comparison to Australia’s Down Under oater The Proposition as a thrilling new specimen of a durable genre.
3:10 To Yuma was nominated for 2 Oscars: Best Original Score and Best Sound Mixing.
Infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale) volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial. But with Wade's outfit on their trail - and dangers at every turn - the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny.
- Starring: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda
- Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: R
- Label: Lionsgate Films
- Release Date: 01/08/2008
- Run Time: 122 minutes
- Catalogue #: 22189
- Region: All Regions
- Audio Commentary with Director James Mangold
- 3:10 To Score Featurette
- Sea To Shining Sea Documentary
- A Conversation with Elmore Leonard Featurette
- The Guns Of Yuma Featurette
- Historical Timeline of the West
- Inside Yuma: An Exclusive Blu-ray Disc Interactive Experience
- Destination Yuma - Making-of Documentary
- An Epic Explored Featurette
- Outlaws, Gangs And Posses Documentary
- Deleted Scenes