3/02/2008

Movie Review: 3:10 to Yuma

Two men on the opposite sides of the law: one is a prisoner and one has to bring to the other to the 3:10 train to Yuma Prison. That's the main premise of the western film 3:10 to Yuma and I have to admit, I didn't get the title at first glance.

The two men are played by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, with Crowe portraying the notorious Ben Wade and Bale portraying Dan Evans, a moral but down-on-his-luck rancher. Wade and Evans' fates intertwine when the the law needed intrepid bounty hunters to transport Wade the town of Contention, knowing that Wade's gang is in hot pursuit of liberating their leader and Wade's reputation of killing men mercilessly. Evans was forced to join the mission to pay off debts and keep his family in their ranch.

What follows is a trip of filled with danger and gun-slinging, as the two men know each other better and gain respect. As a a viewer, I got to sympathize with both characters despite their contrasting motivations. Crowe and Russell's acting are superb, with Bale fitting his role (What's with Christian Bale and raggedly unfortunate characters?)

The movie is a worthy remake of the 1957 western of the same title and the interplay between Russell Crowe and Christian Bale is worth the admission.


Rating: 4/5


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