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A former Union Army sharpshooter takes his small compensation to buy a modest ranch in the Arizona territory. His hopes for a new beginning fade amidst the harsh conditions and rampant corruption of the West. He is deep in debt and decides to hire out as a member of the posse to catch Ben Wade, a notorious outlaw. He hopes to make enough to save his ranch.
Western - This is an old-fashioned western that delivers the action thrills as
well as potent drama. Fans of both the action and drama work of
stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale won't be disappointed. There
is strong violence.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good It's perfectly paced, suspenseful, and ends in a way that's both appropriate and satisfying. Watching a movie like this, I can't help but wish that the Western would come back into favor again. We can use more productions like this.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent James Mangold's "3:10 to Yuma" restores the wounded heart of the Western and rescues it from the morass of point-less violence.
USA TodayFull Review Good 3:10 to Yuma captures a potent sense of the Old West with its multidimensional raw performances and captivating final shootout sequence. But with its emphasis on emotional truths, it transcends the confines of a cowboy movie.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 224 moviegoers:
TEENS:GREAT REVIEWS from both males and females! Virtually no one disliked it. Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:All the males loved "3:10 to Yuma." They gave it a very high percentage of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" reviews and no one disliked it, even a little. The female reviews were very similar to the males reviews. Highly Recommended.
ADULTS:We were able to collect lots of adult reviews and they are very close to great. Around three-quarters enjoyed "3:10 to Yuma" very much. However, most of the remaining quarter rated it just OK/average, which is still pretty good, but a bit of a disappointment. Fortunately, just a very few rated it below average. I still Highly Recommended "3:10 to Yuma."
Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is an honest man who has spent his life abiding by the rules, and has precious little to show for it. A former Union Army sharpshooter, Dan emerged from the Civil War with a hobbled leg and a small compensation that allowed him to move his wife Alice (Gretchen Mol) and two sons to a modest ranch in the Arizona territory. But hopes of a new beginning have faded amidst the harsh conditions and rampant corruption of the West. An ongoing drought has rendered Dan's land barren, decimating his herd, driving him deeper into debt and leaving his family on the brink of starvation. Meanwhile, the ranch's deed-holder, recognizing an opportunity in the coming railroad, brazenly attempts to drive the Evanses off their property. With time running out, Dan stoically works his land, hoping his luck changes, refusing to descend to the level of his tormentors. But he is painfully aware that he is losing the respect of his oldest son, Will (Logan Lerman), a 14-year-old who thrills to the adventures of the bandits and villains lionized in dime novels of the Wild West. Will increasingly views his father with disdain; even Alice Evans has begun to question her husband's resolve.
Then fortune throws Dan a bone with the capture the notorious outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), whose violent hold-ups and roguish persona are the stuff of legend. A brilliant strategist and natural leader, Wade commands undying loyalty among his men, particularly his second-in-command, the ruthless Charlie Prince (Ben Foster). Together, Wade and his gang have run roughshod over the Southern Pacific Railroad, making off with enormous sums and killing more than a few men over the course of several dozen robberies.
Arresting Wade is but the first step in bringing him to justice, and certainly the easiest. From the moment he is taken into custody in the town of Bisbee, those guarding him are vulnerable to attack from Wade's gang. Southern Pacific Railroad representative Grayson Butterfield (Dallas Roberts) seeks paid volunteers to join the posse that will take Wade to the town of Contention, a three-day journey. In Contention, Wade will be loaded onto a train equipped with a prison car and bound for Yuma, Arizona where there is a Federal Court.
Seizing the opportunity to save his ranch and his family, Dan hires himself out to the posse. Leading the expedition is veteran bounty hunter Byron McElroy (Peter Fonda), a deadly God fearing mercenary with a burning hatred of Wade. The group also includes Tucker (Kevin Durand), a local thug; and Doc Potter (Alan Tudyk), a gentle veterinarian with little taste for violence.
But even a shackled Ben Wade is a lethal threat. Beneath the charming, attractive exterior lies an incisive student of human nature who can exploit the slightest glimmer of human weakness to his advantage. When Wade sees an opportunity -- be it to escape or to avenge -- he acts.
During the perilous three-day journey to Contention, the posse will gain an uninvited member and men, both good and bad, will fall. As their number dwindles, Dan Evans rediscovers the strengths he thought he'd lost as he fights to complete the mission. And as the clock ticks down, these two men from opposite ends of the moral spectrum take one another's measure and find an unexpected kinship.
By the time the train whistle sounds in its approach to Contention, Dan Evans' last-ditch attempt to save his ranch has become something deeper and more profound: the chance to redeem himself, in his family's eyes and his own. A chance to teach to his son what it is to be a man.