3:10 to Yuma Review – An Outstanding Western

Nick Georgoulianos, Editor

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        3:10 to Yuma, which released in September of 2007, is a phenomenal film that is perfect for Western fanatics. The film was directed by James Mangold, and is a remake of the 1957 classic. The movie generated $14 million in its first week and was ranked #1 in the U.S. and Canada.

       The film follows main character Dan Evans, a veteran of the Civil War and rancher. Evans owes a man named Glen Hollander money, and is not able to pay it. Due to this, Hollander and some of his men set Evans’ barn on fire. The next morning, while searching for their stray herd, Evan’s and his son encounter  outlaw Ben Wade. Wade comes to the conclusion that they pose no threat to him and his outfit, so he takes their horses and lets them be. Wade then goes to a saloon in a town called Bisbee to celebrate and divide up recent loot. Evan’s tries to negotiate with Hollander, who shoves him to the ground and leaves. Evan’s barges into the saloon looking for Hollander, but instead discovers outlaw Ben Wade. He distracts him long enough for the railroad men to arrest him. The railroad’s representative appoints a group of men to escort Wade to the 3:10 afternoon train to Yuma Prison, and Evans is among the men appointed. He requests a $200 fee (much more value back then than $200 has today), which is accepted by the railroad representative. Evans knows that he needs the money for his family, and makes it his mission to deliver Wade to the train.

The movie basically follows the journey of the men trying to escort Wade to the 3:10 train, and Wade’s outfit trying to track him down and rescue him. There are many interesting twists and turns among the way, and the interesting plot and character change/development make the film very worthwhile.

The acting in the film was also an outstanding aspect in my opinion. The movie featured 2 pretty well-known actors in Russell Crowe (Ben Wade) and Christian Bale (Dan Evans) whom both, in my opinion, did an excellent job. The soundtrack for the film is intense, unique, and really builds up suspense in a western-type-way. The film also has one of the best endings I have ever seen. 3:10 to Yuma will be very special for Western fans, but will also, in my opinion, be enjoyed by fans of straight up action movies.

Anyways, I gave you the overall plot; I don’t want to spoil anything else. I’ll just leave it at this – I highly recommend 3:10 to Yuma for fans of Western Movies, and fans of action movies in general.

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3:10 to Yuma Review – An Outstanding Western