3:10 to Yuma (2007)

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Overview

Director:
James Mangold

Writers (WGA):
Halsted Welles (screenplay) and
Michael Brandt (screenplay) …

Release Date:
14 September 2007 (UK)

Genre:
Action / Drama / Western

Tagline:
Time waits for one man

Plot Outline:
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Cast
(Cast overview, first billed only)

Russell Crowe … Ben Wade

Christian Bale … Dan Evans

Logan Lerman … William Evans

Dallas Roberts … Grayson Butterfield

Ben Foster … Charlie Prince

Peter Fonda … Byron McElroy

Vinessa Shaw … Emmy Nelson

Alan Tudyk … Doc Potter

Luce Rains … Marshal Weathers

Gretchen Mol … Alice Evans

Lennie Loftin … Glen Hollander
Rio Alexander … Campos

Johnny Whitworth … Tommy Darden
Shawn Howell … Jackson
Pat Ricotti … Jorgensen

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I had heard good things about this Crowe outing, but never really became a fan of Bale after Batman, but have seen him in a few decent films. So it came as a pleasant surprise to find this, excuse the cliche, rip roaring adventure. I haven’t seen a Western quite this good since The Unforgiven, though it doesn’t surpass it.

The film gripped me from just after it’s rather slow start right up until the end. I won’t say this film isn’t typically Hollywood, because it is, but it raises the bar where 95% of others hit well below. Crowe, who i know a lot of people think is over rated, throws in a very fine performance, which is equally matched by co-star Bale.

As always, this film isn’t without it’s faults. The end, as is the norm, turns out to be typical, if not totally predictable. But if you are a fan of Westerns, Crowe, Bale or just really great films, then this one should be high on your hit list.

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