|3:10 to Yuma|
Following up his critically acclaimed hit Walk the Line
, James Mangold breathes fresh life into the quintessential American genre, the western, with 3:10 to Yuma
. An update of the 1957 western based on a story by Elmore Leonard, 3:10 to Yuma
pairs two of today's finest actors, Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, as an infamous outlaw and the struggling rancher who volunteers to deliver him to justice. A stark parable of good and evil, the film offers a bracingly gritty depiction of life in the mythic Old West, plunging us into a landscape of hastily constructed towns and mean self-interest at the dawning of the transcontinental railroad. 3:10 to Yuma
begins at a gallop and barely lets up, as Mangold combines intense physical action with sharply honed character drama to deliver a supremely satisfying, thoroughly modern entertainment.
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.