Make Time to See "3:10 To Yuma" by Bill Larson
3.0 Buckets of Popcorn out of 4
I believe that we are all two people inside. One is the compassionate, honest, hard-working, turn the other cheek kind of person who is unwaveringly good. The other is the darker half who is the selfish, greedy pleasure-seeker who is out for themselves.
I also believe that each half cannot survive without the other.
But what if those two separate halves met up? What would happen and who would win? That is the most interesting thing about this new version of "3:10 To Yuma," a decent action picture that is also a great study on good versus the temptation of evil.
Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is a Civil War veteran struggling to survive a drought that has plagued his ranch. In desperate need of money, he volunteers to deliver notorious outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the train that will take the thief and killer to trial. Two men from different worlds, Evans and Wade slowly earn each other's respect, but with Wade's gang on their trail, a seemingly simple mission turns into a violent and dangerous journey.
Bale and Crowe are good in their roles, but the character you root for the most is Evans' older son, William, because he is the one torn between his father's do good but loser attitude and Wade's do bad but appealing lifestyle and legend. Which side will he choose when faced with the decision to simply (and even justifiably) pull the trigger?
Westerns don't come out too often these days. To me "Open Range" is the best of the neo-western genre. "3:10 To Yuma" is entertaining, but way too light. It does have some things to say about the nature of people, their motivations and the outcomes, but it is easily forgettable soon after you check your watch and leave the theater.
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 ... Darden
Shawn Howell ... Jackson
Pat Ricotti ... Jorgensen
MPAA: Rated R for violence and some language.
Runtime: 117 min