R 122min 2007
Infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murders have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale) volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma”, a train that will take the killer to trial. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail – and dangers at every turn – the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man’s destiny.
To say that “3:10 to Yuma” the best western I’ve seen is no stretch of the imagination. Takes the character development of “Unforgiven” and the action from “Tombstone” and perfectly melds them together. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe are the tough guys of the Wild West.
From the open shot to the end, it holds your attention. This is the Wild West and you never know what is going to happen next. Much of the movie plays like latter level from the video game ‘Gun’. While you are on the ride, you do not feel the two hours passing. Only once the adrenaline falls down do, you realize it that much time has passed.
If you know nothing about “3:10 to Yuma” watch just to see how quick Russell Crowe is on the draw. If he were in the real Wild West, he would have lived a long time. It is truly impressive how quick he was on the draw. It could have been camera cuts; I just do not know, he pulls one hell of a draw.
There is an audio commentary with James Manigold. There is a making of featurette and a featurette on epic explorers. There are also deleted scenes. There are movie previews for “Lord of War”, “WAR”, “Trade”, “Away from Her”, and “Good Luck Chuck”.
I give it 5/5.