The three seasons of Deadwood, which I have to write about some day, really re-ignited my interest for the Western-genre. Thus I just saw 3:10 to Yuma (2007) with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. The film is apparently a remake of the original film from 1957 (which I haven’t seen). The story revolves around the poor farmer Dan Evans (Bale) who after some turn of events is hired to take the skilled and dangerous criminal Ben Wade (Crowe) to Contention in order to get him on the train to Yuma.

The film works with quite standard archetypes, themes and story arcs but it does it with such skill that I can hardly be critical. Instead it manages to create some very intense and unpredictable scenes after which I had to catch my breath. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is good (Ben Foster to name one) and the music truly adds to the experience. A good, straight forward western with many powerful scenes.

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January 23, 2011

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