Excerpt: Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is the terror of the Arizona territories, so deadly that when the law finally catches up with him it only makes him more dangerous than ever. An informal posse is gathered to take him to the state prison in Yuma before his gang can break him out, and as the troubles of the trail mount up, it's up to unlikely rancher-turned-lawman Dan Evans (Christian Bale) to make sure he makes the "3:10 to Yuma.
Conclusion: The original 3:10 to Yuma holds up better than the vast majority of American westerns, remaining a tense, gripping thriller without a wealth of style or action. Criterion's Blu-ray provides one of the all-time great restorations, making this 1957 film look new without betraying its original designs.
Conclusion: Howard Hawks may not have appreciated it during its own time, but Delmer Daves's '3:10 to Yuma' is a genuine classic western, through and through, and a striking masterpiece of filmmaking from one of the great names of the genre. The wait for a train while escorting a ruthless criminal becomes a suspenseful, harrowing journey through one man's sense of civic duty.
Excerpt: I vividly remember reading Roger Ebert’s review of the updated version of “3:10 to Yuma” starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Westerns aren’t exactly a dime a dozen these days and when the predecessor to this movie was released in 1957, they were. I’m not a huge fan of re-makes, unless, of course, they make an improvement. This is the case with “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Batman Begins” and with the film in question.
Excerpt: With such a massive number of westerns out there, it takes something special to stand out. 3:10 to Yuma , a remake of a 1957 film, brings strong casting and complex characters to ride it out. Sadly, there’s a staggering number of illogical moments and over-the-top action that means none of this can be taken seriously (despite the all-around superb performances). Russell Crowe plays the typical Old West outlaw Ben Wade, killing for money and riding into town unannounced.
Excerpt: A dusty street in a small western town is all but empty, all townsfolk have sought shelter in the local saloon or haberdasher, huddled around the windows to bare witness the match of the day. The villain dressed in black makes his stance on the street. Directly in front of him some distance apart is our hero, dressed in white. Their hands hover over their gun belts, the villain gestures to the hero that one of them is about to die. It’s a showdown.
Summary: Sure as God's vengeance they're coming . Wow. Do I really need to write any more than that? Writing "wow" 2,000 times would serve as a fitting description regarding how I feel after watching this film, twice, for the purpose of this review, but it would also make for a lousy review of such an incredible movie, so I'll do my best to bring justice to what a darn good movie and Blu-ray disc this is. 3:10 to Yuma plays out like a perfectly choreographed dance.
Conclusion: '3:10 to Yuma' didn't quite revitalize the Western genre as its makers may have hoped, but it's an entertaining (if flawed) movie. The Blu-ray has excellent picture and sound, plus some worthwhile supplements, especially the ones that provide historical context. Recommended for sure.