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Movie Review - 3:10 To Yuma

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Movie Review - 3:10 to Yuma

Starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe.

Directed by James Mangold

Rated R for language and violence.

3:10 to Yuma is a remake of a movie from 1957 and both were based on a short story by Elmore Leonard. The show is a standard western flick.

That isn't a bad thing. Almost everytime someone in Hollywood declares a genre dead to the public, a show comes along trying to disprove the statement. Not long ago, many studios insisted that westerns were no longer commercially viable. Thus, a drought of western themed shows at the box office. Not being a fan of the western genre, I didn't care. Give me Transformers and Superbad any day over any western! However, Yuma is a well-paced, action-filled western drama that will draw you in.

3:10 to Yuma is all about a small rancher agreeing to help deliver alive, vicious criminal Ben Wade to the "3:10 to Yuma." A train that will take him to trial. The rancher needs the money to save his farm and will stop at nothing to finish the job.

The acting is top notch. Christian Bale can transform into anyone. The guy was excellent as Batman, superb in The Prestige, amazing in The Machinist, and the list could go on. Today though, we will just add AWESOME in 3:10 to Yuma. Bale carries the weight of the story and pulls you into his dilemma. Russell Crowe has made some bad choices in movies lately, but is a considerable talent when combined with the right director. Crowe pulls off an excellent character with many subtle nuances. James Mangold, the director, combines these two performances with a tight narrative to pull off a western that not only has gun slinging cowboy's but a real emotional heart.

Having not seen the original, nor have read the short story they were based on, I judged the show strictly on its on merits. Of which, I believe the flick is very entertaining and well worth a few hours of your time.

3:10 to Yuma is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook nightly. Check out www.fridleytheatres.com for more information regarding showtimes. Cinema 3 strictly forbids anyone under the age of 17 into an R rated show without a parent or legal guardian.

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