Opening 13 Dec 2007
Film director James Mangold and his remake of Delmer Dave's 1957 western classic, 3:10 To Yuma, sheds fresh light on a story involving the capture of a dangerous outlaw, Ben Wade (Russell Crowe). The story of intrigue, however, is the journey of his transfer from a small Arizona county jail to the Yuma, Arizona state prison during the late 1800s, with a hired posse not fit for the job. Arizona rancher Dan Evans (Christian Bale), one of the volunteers hired by the deputy Marshall, reluctantly takes the job as a last resort to save his farm from financial debt and to purchase costly medicine needed for his youngest son. Evans’ eldest son, William (Logan Lerman), joins the posse against his father's wishes. Ironically, his presence is needed by both Evans and Wade to crystallize their own destiny.
The original story by author Elmore Leonard is the backdrop for an action-packed western morality tale, aiming to fascinate more than the average western fan. Mangold’s remake, also called 3:10 to Yuma,
allows the audience to empathize with the folk treading the wild western frontier and their daily choices, even at the cost of personal life, to do the right thing toward their fellow man: to uphold the law and ensure justice. Through his awe-inspiring cinematography coupled with seasoned actors, Mangold’s slow moving narrative brings to life the western frontier spirit of human bravery, often associated with the term known as the true pioneer spirit. You will thoroughly enjoy Mangold’s Wild West adventure and the attempt to meet his 3:10 train to Yuma. (Karen Pecota)