3:10 to Yuma details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Christian Bale, Chris Browning, Chad Brummett, Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand, Hugh Elliot, Peter Fonda|
|Genre:||Action/Adventure - Westerns|
|Collections:||100 Wild Westerns, Beautiful Films, Child Stars, Christian Bale Films, Cowboys & Aliens, Go West, Holiday Hits, Premium Titles|
3:10 to Yuma
|Run time:||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Jan 2008|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Trains play a key role in several important Westerns.
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3:10 To YumaBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 14 Oct 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Few things make me more concerned for the future of cinema than the all-pervasive trend for remakes currently sweeping Hollywood. Okay so theres the odd good one but for every Dawn of the Dead theres a Black Christmas, and a Hitcher, a Fog and you get the point. So we arrive at the question of what the hell Im doing at the screening of a remake, of a Western (a genre Ive no time for) or indeed at a film starring Russell Crowe (who, LA Confidential aside, Ive never liked in a movie, ever). I cant really give you an answer other than It was what was on but Im glad I did sit down for this one, as it was one of the biggest and best surprises that 2007 has yet offered up at the movies.
This is an old fashioned oater, drawn from a short story by Elmore Leonard.
Crowe plays Ben Wade, an outlaw finally captured and headed to the titular train for transportation to prison and then the gallows. Bale is Dan Evans, a farmer who volunteers to join the party escorting Wade because he needs the reward money to keep his land. The party make their two-day journey, pursued by Wades gang now led by Charlie Prince (Foster).
Christian Bale is one of the most versatile actors in the world right now and even when hes in a film Im not overly keen on Bale is always good value. 3:10 provides his best performance in a good while. He reveals Dan slowly, building each new scrap of information into a complex, real and utterly compelling character. Crowe is also excellent. Ive been used to seeing him coast but here he brings real progression to Wades character. The scripted change in the man could easily have been forced but Crowe makes it feel organic and his chemistry with Bale works beautifully, giving the film a rock solid centre.
Among a clutch of great supporting performances it is well worth singling out Ben Fosters sociopathic Charlie Prince. I only previously know Foster from the guiltiest of pleasures; Get Over It so to see him disappear behind an untidy beard and create one of the out and out scariest, most hateable screen villains of recent times was a real shock. Its a career maker. Theres also nice work from 15-year-old Logan Lerman as Bales son.
Mangold, together with his regular cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, has created a great looking film. Theres a dirty realism to everything even as the film captures the gorgeous locations. Its kinetic too, the action beats come pretty thick and fast and are varied, exciting and visceral. There are stand out moments right from the start when a robbery establishes that Ben Wade is not one of those villains with a well hidden heart of gold to the near unbearably tense final shootout as Dan escorts Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma. This is the antithesis of Shoot Em Up. Everyone that dies here is a real person, each bullet has consequences and the business of killing is never fun.
3:10 To Yuma is a great film, and yet more evidence that James Mangold is a consistent talent who is able to bring expertise to just about any genre.
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You'll never be late for a train again ...By a customer , 10 Mar 2013Wonderful modern Western. Well paced, convincingly cast and acted. The train time deadline never felt contrived, but heightened the sense of foreboding. Need to dig out the original now to 'compare and contrast'.
Quite impressiveBy gianino (617 reviews) from London , 28 Jan 2013Christian Bale, Russell Crowe and Logan Lerman (young but very talented) were quite impressive in their parts. The plot was original and gripping, the photography was awsome and the direction was quite modern and cool. Loved it
a modern day country and westernBy cheesekake (1282 reviews) from uk , 21 Dec 2012any country and western film buffs out there are going to enjoy this film lots, I myself am not a big fan of country and western films so found it a little slow. It does have some good stuff in tho, like action and such like, but found it also a little confusing jumping from one thing to another
An absolute gem, a classic!By CherylWade (16 reviews) from Sunderland , 02 Oct 2012a rarity in that this is a re-make that's better than the original ... largely down to today's technology (and excellent casting!)
Every character is so well-portrayed, so well acted and so well shot. Add to that a number of modern-day allegories combined with a good old-fashioned Western way of story-telling ... and you've got a FANTASTIC film.
If you've got a full-on 7. 1 surround system, you'll love the immersive sound mix, with gun-gire and effects taking you right there into the action.
PQ is top-notch, too. With a broad palette and luscious landscapes, this is worthy of a big-screen showing. Warn your neighbours, though!
Good storyline, plot, actors, worth a watch!!By beccicee (28 reviews) from Bournemouth , 21 Aug 2012Im not going to say its for everyone because you have to like this genre of film to be able to enjoy this film, so stop reading now if you dislike westerns...
I don't agree with what people have been saying in the low rating reviews, i thought this film was really really very good.
You cant review a film properly on you favour towards the actors, its bias.
Anyway back to 3:10
Bale and Crowe were insatiable as usual, brilliant acting playing parts well.
Some complaining about Crowe being a softie outlaw which is wrong but i was rooting for him the whole time to become a softie so that didn't bother me.
Bale delivered his character well, releasing him more and more throughout the film. We also see this from Crowe, but i shall say no more (spoilers).
A good cast of outlaws, and a good accurate insight to bandits and outlaws, i loved the contrast between bale as the farmer and crowe as the outlaw, also the relationship of Dan (bale) and his son was thought out and played on brilliantly.
Really the ending made it for, i will try not to spoil for you, but if you like a film with a good ending then this will win you over!
Very good film, im not saying it was perfect because very few films are, but this one is worth a watch and recognition, it earnt its 4. 5 stars!
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