3:10 to Yuma (15)

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Time Out says

Mon Sep 10 2007

Times are tough at the ranch for hobbled Civil War vet Christian Bale, a man powerless to stop his drought stricken-property going to the wall. So, when he grabs an unexpected payday helping the sheriff escort gang leader Russell Crowe across country to the train station where he can be packed off to jail, it’s not just about the money – it’s his chance to do something worthwhile. Trouble is, the prisoner’s henchmen are at large, there’s hostile territory to negotiate, and Crowe’s a master manipulator, with any number of reasons the rancher should accept the thief’s pay-off and spare himself death.

Elmore Leonard’s original story offered a cracking premise for the taut 1957 version and brings a core of tension to this expansive remake. Given that the Western’s an endangered species, it’s understandable James Mangold (‘Walk the Line’) should direct like a man who might never make another one, hence the pumped-up stagecoach chases and revisionist digressions (yes, Chinese coolies pretty much built America’s railroads) which at times threaten to lose sight of the central conflict. It’s all vividly mounted however, done with obvious affection, and if it lacks the laser precision of Delmer Daves’ original, the script brings added moral complexities with a key role for Bale’s adventure-hungry teenage son. The two leads’ sparking byplay, Crowe’s addled cockiness versus Bale’s nervy grit, would grace any surroundings, but it’s a pleasure to revisit the frontier in a drama which feels far more vital than mere nostalgic homage.

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15

UK release:

Fri Sep 14, 2007

Duration:

122 mins

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rinki

I have NEVER in my life wasted 2 hrs and 4 secs on such NONSENSE. The above comments are unbelievable, how can someone call this movie b'ful? The thought of calling it b'ful makes my stomach sick...ughhhh. I can't believe I sat through the whole 2 hrs. Mr. Bale and his son are the smart-asses who are out fighting the BAD world of gangs and guns. AWFUL. ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. I can't waste too long on writing a review either.

rinki

I have NEVER in my life wasted 2 hrs and 4 secs on such NONSENSE. The above comments are unbelievable, how can someone call this movie b'ful? The thought of calling it b'ful makes my stomach sick...ughhhh. I can't believe I sat through the whole 2 hrs. Mr. Bale and his son are the smart-asses who are out fighting the BAD world of gangs and guns. AWFUL. ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. I can't waste too long on writing a review either.

Paul

I dont know what went wrong when you watched this movie. Bad day perhaps? This is one of the greatest western/action movies Ive seen in many years. The casting is excellent, the action razor sharp. Oh and if you watch the special features on the DVD, they dont use CGI like you claim.

Paul

I dont know what went wrong when you watched this movie. Bad day perhaps? This is one of the greatest western/action movies Ive seen in many years. The casting is excellent, the action razor sharp. Oh and if you watch the special features on the DVD, they dont use CGI like you claim.

Brandon

Wow David you completely suck at reviews. You just lost your privileges to speak, jackass.

Brandon

Wow David you completely suck at reviews. You just lost your privileges to speak, jackass.

Andy S

One of the best westerns of the noughties. Bale is great as the wounded rancher delivering Crowe to the jailhouse, and Crowe, in turn, plays a fantastic goodie/baddie character. Maybe the villan's clothes are too 'nice' and there isn't enough mud, but its fantastic fun. As good as 'Open Range', not quite as great as 'Unforgiven' but more fun than 'The Proposition'. The ending ISN@T a dud, either, despite mixed reports. See it tonight!!!

Andy S

One of the best westerns of the noughties. Bale is great as the wounded rancher delivering Crowe to the jailhouse, and Crowe, in turn, plays a fantastic goodie/baddie character. Maybe the villan's clothes are too 'nice' and there isn't enough mud, but its fantastic fun. As good as 'Open Range', not quite as great as 'Unforgiven' but more fun than 'The Proposition'. The ending ISN@T a dud, either, despite mixed reports. See it tonight!!!

Jan

Agree with your review. I fast-forwarded through the DVD's ending, I was that bored. I love Crowe in anything but this part had a huge motivational chunk missing and I didn't buy it. Too much shooting gets old. I wish the script had allowed for a stronger agent of change in Crowe's character. If one wants this film to be about coming of age then the main character should've been the boy. As it stood, I just kept thinking the kid would suffer the rest of his life from PTSS. Started out good, but quickly unraveled into a bloody mess.

Jan

Agree with your review. I fast-forwarded through the DVD's ending, I was that bored. I love Crowe in anything but this part had a huge motivational chunk missing and I didn't buy it. Too much shooting gets old. I wish the script had allowed for a stronger agent of change in Crowe's character. If one wants this film to be about coming of age then the main character should've been the boy. As it stood, I just kept thinking the kid would suffer the rest of his life from PTSS. Started out good, but quickly unraveled into a bloody mess.

Milla

A beautiful film. Its colours reminded me a lot of Sergio Leone's westerns, The soundtrack is spot on too.

Milla

A beautiful film. Its colours reminded me a lot of Sergio Leone's westerns, The soundtrack is spot on too.

Andy

So... Christian Bale's son was trying to respect his father by him that Russell Crowe was on the train?

Andy

So... Christian Bale's son was trying to respect his father by him that Russell Crowe was on the train?

May

Excellent film. One of the best I have seen for some time. The acting is superb by both Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. My husband and I love westerns and this is one that is like the good old ones. Saw Atonement recently and this film is far superior.

May

Excellent film. One of the best I have seen for some time. The acting is superb by both Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. My husband and I love westerns and this is one that is like the good old ones. Saw Atonement recently and this film is far superior.

JR

A good sample how a bad ending can make an interesting movie, for most of the film, a bad one.

JR

A good sample how a bad ending can make an interesting movie, for most of the film, a bad one.

Georgie

Brilliant!! My boyfriend's a western film fan, I'm a Christian Bale fan so there was something for both of us. Would definately recommend seeing it just for some great acting, especially by the guy who plays Charlie

Georgie

Brilliant!! My boyfriend's a western film fan, I'm a Christian Bale fan so there was something for both of us. Would definately recommend seeing it just for some great acting, especially by the guy who plays Charlie

shinlim

Spectacular! The character development is as engrossing as the gun-fights. Crowe plays the amoral captive who plays along with his captors, all the way to the final scene. Go see it!

shinlim

Spectacular! The character development is as engrossing as the gun-fights. Crowe plays the amoral captive who plays along with his captors, all the way to the final scene. Go see it!

Chelsea

I cannot believe a solid 1/3 of this review whined about the discharged ammo in relation to the body count. As every true Western fan knows, the underlying message of the story takes precedence over the actual action. Christian Bale is a war vetern turned rancher, not the jaw-dropping gunslinger-by-trade that Russell Crowe embodies. This film is about honor, coming of age, and the importance of doing the right thing - much loftier points than how many bullets were fired.

Chelsea

I cannot believe a solid 1/3 of this review whined about the discharged ammo in relation to the body count. As every true Western fan knows, the underlying message of the story takes precedence over the actual action. Christian Bale is a war vetern turned rancher, not the jaw-dropping gunslinger-by-trade that Russell Crowe embodies. This film is about honor, coming of age, and the importance of doing the right thing - much loftier points than how many bullets were fired.