Monday, September 22, 2008

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

When I first heard about this movie, I was extremely excited because two of my most favorite actors are in this movie. These actors, in my opinion, carry movies, they can transform a bad movie into a good one just through their powerful acting. Of course, the script and plot matters as well. "3:10 to Yuma" is actually a western "cowboy" movie, something that I don't really fancy. I only saw it because of the actors, which needless to say, didn't disappoint. In the end, I was totally blown away by this movie.

"3:10 to Yuma" has two main leads, a notorious outlaw (Russell Crowe) and a down-on-luck rancher (Christian Bale). Their paths crossed when Ben Wade, the outlaw, was arrested in one of the towns while Dan Evans, the rancher, was in it. Dan, having lost his land because of major financial troubles, decides to escort Ben Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train for $200 (considered to be a large sum of money in the past). As the journey becomes increasingly difficult, Dan learns that he is not only doing it for the money, but also to redeem himself in front of his family. During the arduous journey, Ben's character developes more and we learn that he is not all that he seems to be.

The chemistry between these 2 focused actors is very captiviating. Their clash of ideals ultimately leads them to a ironic conclusion that both of them aren't that much different. It's really interesting to see how they communicate, how both of them eventually gain respect for each other. "3:10 to Yuma" is definitely a thought provoking action movie. It explores each character in a very realistic manner and leaves a lot to open interpretation. I personally rate it 8/10. There were some characters that I felt were too irritating, I am pretty sure anyone who have seen the film would know who I am relating to.

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