3:10 to Yuma (2007) – 7/10 western crime movie review

Cast / crew
Director: James Mangold
Writer (Screenplay): Halsted Welles
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Brandt
Writer (Screenplay): Derek Haas
Writer (Original Short Story): Elmore Leonard
Russell Crowe: Ben Wade
Christian Bale: Dan Evans
Peter Fonda: Byron McElroy
Gretchen Mol: Alice Evans
Ben Foster: Charlie Prince
Dallas Roberts: Grayson Butterfield
Alan Tudyk: Doc Potter
Vinessa Shaw: Emma Nelson
Logan Lerman: William Evans

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Rancher Dan Evans is perceived as less than a man by his wife and children thanks to the loss of a foot while in the army and a keep-the-peace attitude which currently sees him only a week away from losing his land to a corrupt neighbour. He gets the opportunity to earn $200 escorting notorious outlaw Ben Wade to Contention and the 3:10 prison train to Yuma but for Evans and Wade it will become about more than just the money.

7/10

This is a really good western, brilliantly performed by two leading contemporary actors (Russell Crowe and Christian Bale), but it makes the common movie mistake of portraying the non-Christian Bale good guys brutality with more impact than self-confessed all-bad, all-the-time Russell Crowe. There’s always a reason supplied for Crowe’s always-brief violence but the ‘good guys’ are just sadistic because that’s how they are in movies these days. There was no need for the good guys to be portrayed in this manner. Russell Crowe is charismatic and charming enough to tempt the audience to want him to escape without the bad treatment doled out to him while in custody. That gripe aside, though, this is a quality movie with an intriguing climax where men do what they gotta do.

This movie contains sexual swear words and graphic gun violence, unpleasant scenes and mild nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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