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3:10 To Yuma [Blu-ray]
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In 2007, the Western showed back up at the box office in a trio of films that came out roughly at the same time. 3:10 TO YUMA was the first out of the gate, but it was followed in quick order by THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.
The movie had been made fifty years ago, and much of the plot in that version made it into the remake. Both movies were based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, who has had several of his Western and crime novels made into films.
Christian Bale stars as Dan Evans, a one-legged, down-on-his-luck rancher struggling to keep a home together for his wife and two kids. Russell Crowe plays Ben Wade, an intelligent and heartless outlaw who's leading one of the blood-thirstiest gangs to ever take up the owlhoot trail.
Both stars take turns stealing scenes. Bale has the hard-edged look of coarse rawhide. Crowe possesses some of the deadest eyes ever shown in movies.
One of the best portrayals in the movie was a surprise to me, though. It took me a minute to recognize Peter Fonda as professional bounty hunter turned Pinkerton agent Byron McElroy. Fonda reminded me a lot of his father Henry, but part of that is because Fonda has aged. He also delivers a quality of acting and honesty in the character that is just amazing, and he was content to carry the supporting character role and didn't try to upstage anyone.
Logan Lerman was another surprise.Read more ›
Brief Intro Story:
The Old West is hard place to live, not only you have to deal with criminals and desert weather, but also with creditors who can be just as dangerous.
Things are not going well financially for the crippled family guy Dan Evans (Christian Bale) who has to support his wife Alice and two sons--he didn't pay the bills and his creditors burned his barn. As he is going back to town with his kids to complain about what happened, they see the famous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) with his vicious gang who just busted a wagon full of cash (killing almost everybody). The gang members see Evans and his kids, but Wade (the boss of the gang) decides to only take their horses and leaves them standing there, but the gang makes a mistake--they left one wounded man. The gang goes to town and while Wade is alone and having fun with a local girl, he gets captured by the authorities while he is talking to Evans--who made it to town anyways. But they need extra help to transport him to catch a train that will take him to prison, and that's where Evans volunteers to help--for $200 dollars.Read more ›
I... I can't believe I didn't see this movie sooner.
So let's get this out of the way, I haven't seen the original movie and I don't plan to. After having tried to watch the original True Grit, I realized that I just don't have a taste for old movies, so I'm not going to try with this one. Let's just stick with what we've got here and go from there.
So let's get this out of the way, I wanted to cry while watching this movie. It was so subtle in how it grabbed me that I had no idea I was falling for it hook line and sinker, even my girlfriend was starting to shed a few tears. When you first start the movie, you think that Christian Bale's character of "Dan" is a useless do-nothing who is going to go throughout the whole movie spectating everyone else. Russel Crowe "Ben" is an obvious scene stealer and does an excellent job of playing the anti-hero. He's not really a villain, but he's definitely no hero either. He's just a guy watching out for his own skin who takes a liking to the no nonsense Dan.
Without spoiling too much, I started to tear up when I realized why Dan volunteered to escort Ben to the "3:10 to Yuma." It was a powerful emotional moment that when I realized it, my voice started cracking when I said it aloud. Dan went from a do-nothing character to a man with something to prove. He didn't want money, he didn't want land, he didn't want justice. He just wanted his little boys to (blank) and that to me, was a powerful moment for this character.Read more ›
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Good western remake. At times the movie is a little slow. Good acting and worth watching.Published 4 days ago by David Walter Andersen Jrn
I really enjoy this entire movie. This is a well made Western with an excellent cast.Published 21 days ago by Raza
Great movie, Had it on dvd but wanted to try out my new 7.1 surround, and the bullets flying by and trains, etc was amazing.Published 24 days ago by T Griffis
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