An excellent remake of the legendary 1957 Western of the same name: i>both versions deserve a place in cinematic history!
Put very simply, the story is of impoverished Civil War veteran Don Evans (Christian Bale) whose ranch is barely surviving, and who is seriously in debt. For a mere 200 dollars, he agrees to take on the near-suicidal job of escorting captured outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the train that will see him into the Yuma Territorial Prison. Charismatic Wade endeavours to bargain with Evans and talk his way out of his predicament – while Wade’s gang of desperados do their best to free their boss at every opportunity.
Acting honours are evenly shared between Crowe and Bale...while Peter Fonda (as good-guy Byron McElroy,) and Ben Foster (as Charlie Prince – Wade’s violent and murderous henchman) are also excellent.
The sound is superb (particularly if you own a “Surroundsound” system!) and the film received an Oscar nomination for the Best Sound Mixing – as well as for Best Original Musical Score.
It’s a worthwhile Western, and one that will not disappoint the many fans of the genre!
In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) plagues the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale) - struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch and desperate for money - volunteers need to escort him to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial.
During the journey the two men learn grudging mutual respect, but with Wade's cold-blooded gang in hot pursuit, the mission soon becomes a violent dangerous journey where honour and loyalty clash with far-reaching consequences.
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