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3:10 TO YUMA (2007) Graphic Review

  • By John Robert
  • 07 Sep, 2007
Question: How do you redeem and save yourself?
Have you ever sung, “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, think I’ll eat a worm”? And haven’t you actually felt that way at times? This is the plight of the rancher Evans who is coping with the woes of Job, powerfully played by Christian Bale. Evan is the ‘every-person’ who faces the lose of every-thing. Set in the starkness of the mythical west where the battle between good and evil, chaos and order, law and abandon can be keenly focused on. This film captures these tensions so well that it deserves the critical praise it is getting.
It was Victor Hugo cleverly noted that “There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.” 
Dan Evans gets no respect from anyone in his life. He is struggling just to stay afloat. His 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. But he is in it all by himself, he can find no salvation or redemption outside of himself. Question: How do you redeem and save yourself?
"3:10 to Yuma" stars Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Gretchen Mol and Peter Fonda in a modern take on the classic western by Elmore Leonard from producing/writing/directing team Cathy Konrad and James Mangold ("Walk the Line"). In Arizona in the late 1800's, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other's respect. 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
Release date:September 7, 2007
Director:James Mangold
MPAA Rating:R (for violence and some language)
Screenwriters:Stuart Beattie, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Starring:Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda, Vinessa Shaw, Alan Tudyk, Luce Rains, Gretchen Mol

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