Lionsgate/Relativity Media/Tree Line (Cathy
W: Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt & Derek Haas [based on
the novel "Three-Ten To Yuma" by Elmore Leonard]
DP: Phedon Papamichael
Ed: Michael McCusker
Mus: Marco Beltrami
Christian Bale (Dan Evans), Russell
Crowe (Ben Wade), Logan Lerman (William Evans), Ben Foster (Charlie Prince), Peter Fonda (Byron McElroy), Alan Tudyk (Doc Potter)
Elmore Leonard's novel was originally given the big screen
treatment in 1957 starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin. Fifty years later comes this update with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in the respective roles and it has to be said that it's a very
impressive remake, especially considering it was released in a decade when the western genre was generally considered a thing of the past.
Bale plays Dan Evans, a penniless rancher who lives with his
family and gets no respect from his teenage son. He witnesses a stagecoach robbery by infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his crew nearby his land and when the criminal is captured by
authorities, he volunteers to escort him to the town of Contention, which has a rail station which will transport the prisoner to Yuma, where he will face trial. Evans does this for two reasons,
money to save his ranch and also to win the respect of his son, as the mission takes them across hostile territory and pursued by Wade's violent gang.
Both Bale and Crowe are excellent and the film does a great
job transporting the viewer back to the Wild West. Oscar nominations were received for its music and sound, and it wouldn't have been a huge surprise had it received more.
Many have called it one of the best remakes of recent years,
and I'd be inclined to agree.