3:10 to Yuma is a trip to marvellousness

March 27th, 2011  |  Published in Gems

I know that Clint Eastwood really does have the ownership on classic westerns but here you have one of the best in the remake of 3:10 to Yuma.

3-10-to-yuma3:10 to Yuma was remade with great vision and execution in 2007 by James Mangold and following on from his success with the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, he created a stylish and visceral western. You have a string of brilliant lead performances, from Russell Crowe as the killer with a possible heart Ben Wade, to Christian Bale as the honest, troubled rancher Dan Evans.

There’s also have a great collection of supporting performances including Peter Fonda, Alan Tudyk, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts and Logan Lerman as Dan’s son, whose determination to grow up and be a man results in a painful rite of passage.

And of course last but not least, the amazing Ben Foster, who I’ve admired since his extraordinary performance as the sociopath in Hostage and here, totally chilling as Wade’s devoted but psychopathic sidekick Charlie Prince.

There’s a true grit to the proceedings here and a heart-stopping finale at the train station that really doesn’t turn out how you think it will, both of which make this version one for the history books.

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