Cover: 3:10 to Yuma Rating: 6
Time waits for one man
Oct 8, 2007

Details

Director:James Mangold
Writer:Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Elmore Leonard
Producer:Stuart M. Besser, Dixie J. Capp, Aaron Downing, Ryan Kavanaugh
Theatrical:2007
Rated:R
Studio:Relativity Media
Genre:Western
Duration:117
Awards:Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations
Languages:English
Sound:Dolby
Aspect Ratio:2.35 : 1
Region:1
Release:May 2008

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Summary

Here's hoping James Mangold's big, raucous, and ultrabloody remake of "3:10 to Yuma" leads some moviegoers to check out Delmer Daves's beautifully lean, half-century-old original. That classic Western spun a tale of captured outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford)--deadly but disarmingly affable--and the small-time rancher and family man, Dan Evans (Van Heflin), desperate enough to accept the job of helping escort the badman to Yuma prison. Wade, knowing that his gang will be along at any moment to spring him, works at persuading the ultimately lone deputy to accept a bribe, turn his back on "duty," and go home safe and rich to his family. That the outlaw has come to admire his captor intriguingly complicates the suspense.
All of the above applies in the new "3:10", but it takes a lot more huffing and puffing to get Wade (Russell Crowe this time) and Evans (Christian Bale) into position for the showdown. Mostly, more is less. To Mangold's credit, his movie doesn't traffic in facile irony or postmodern detachment; it aims to be a straight-up Western and deliver the excitement and charisma the genre's fans are starved for. But recognizing that contemporary viewers might be out of touch with the bedrock simplicity and strength of the genre--not to mention its code of honor--Mangold has supplied both Evans and Wade with a plethora of backstory and "motivations." At the overblown action climax, the crossfire of personal agendas is almost as frenetic as the copious gunplay. (By that point the movie has killed more people than the Lincoln County War.)
Best thing about the remake is Russell Crowe's Ben Wade, a Scripture-quoting career villain with an artist's eye and a curiously principled sense of whom and when to murder. As his second-in-command, Ben Foster fairly pirouettes at every opportunity to commit mayhem, and Peter Fonda contributes a fierce portrait of an old Wade adversary turned bounty hunter for the Pinkerton detective agency. "--Richard T. Jameson"

Credits

Christian Bale ... Dan Evans
Russell Crowe ... Ben Wade
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
Marco Beltrami ... composer
Phedon Papamichael ... Cinematographer