3:10 To Yuma (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner12/09/2007

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 122 mins

Engaging, well made Western with exciting action sequences, a thought-provoking script and terrific performances from Bale and Crowe.

What's it all about?
A remake of a classic black and white 1957 Western, 3:10 to Yuma stars Russell Crowe as notorious outlaw Ben Wade, who gets captured after one stagecoach robbery too many. However, the Pinkerton agent (Dallas Roberts) charged with his capture can't bring him in alone, so Arizona rancher Dan Evans (Christian Bale) agrees to escort Wade to the titular prison train.

Injured in the Civil War, Evans hopes to earn enough money to save his farm and to gain the respect of his wife (Gretchen Mol) and teenage son (Logan Lerman). However, he hasn't reckoned on Wade's bloodthirsty henchman, Charlie Prince (Ben Foster), who'll stop at nothing to rescue his boss.

The Good
Crowe and Bale are extremely well cast and it's exciting to see the relationship slowly developing between their characters. Crowe shines in the more charismatic role (it's easy to see why he took the part), but Bale's intense, haunted performance is utterly mesmerising and really gets under your skin.

In addition, there's strong support from Dallas Roberts and Ben Foster delivers a memorably vicious and genuinely terrifying performance as the psychotic Charlie. There's also a superb score by Marco Beltrami that will put an instant smile on the face of any Western fan.

The Great
Director James Mangold orchestrates some thrillingly tense shootout scenes and the script gets to grips with complex Western themes, such as the nature of courage and the effect of rapidly encroaching civilization on the wild west. Similarly, the production design is impressive and the film is beautifully shot, courtesy of Phedon Papamichael's gorgeous cinematography.

Worth seeing?
In short, 3:10 to Yuma is a terrific Western with a strong script, impressive direction and committed performances from two of Hollywood's finest actors. Highly recommended.

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