3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is a notorious outlaw who holds up a money train - but then gets busted meeting up with his girl in town a little later.  Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is a poor rancher who decides to take the dangerous job of escorting Wade to the town of Contention to get him onto the 3:10 train to Yuma where he'll be tried and hanged - unless Wade's ruthless gang can catch them first.

Our Rating: 6/10 - just doesn't seem believeable
Watchability: 6/10 - not enough action
Contributed By: WB
Tagline: Time waits for one man.

Release Date: 2007-09-07
IMDb icon 7.7/10
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English | Chinese
  • Runtime: 22
  • Budget: $55,000,000
  • Revenue: $53,606,916
  • Production: Lionsgate
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
Ben Wade
Christian Bale
Christian Bal...
Dan Evans
Logan Lerman
Logan Lerman
William Evans
Dallas Roberts
Dallas Robert...
Grayson Butterfield
Ben Foster
Ben Foster
Charlie Prince
Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
Byron McElroy
Vinessa Shaw
Vinessa Shaw
Emma Nelson
Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk
Doc Potter
Luce Rains
Luce Rains
Marshal Weathers
Gretchen Mol
Gretchen Mol
Alice Evans
Lennie Loftin
Lennie Loftin
Glen Hollander
Rio Alexander
Rio Alexander
Campos
Johnny Whitworth
Johnny Whitwo...
Darden

So Evans, his son William and Butterfield get Ben Wade to the town on time. They take a time-out in a local hotel and watch the streets waiting for Wade's men to show.  The Railroad Rep brings in help from a few other law enforcers to swell the numbers.

Wade's men, led by the just plan weird Charlie Prince (Ben Foster), ride into town. They ask how he is, throw his bowler hat up to him, and then Charlie puts a price on to the heads of the good guys - promising a wad of cash to any man that guns down Evans and his men.  The new blokes freak out and leave through the front door - just to be shot anyway.

Butterfield strikes a deal with Evans and then leaves with Dan's son out the back. Evans is going to be a hero and stay with the prisoner before somehow taking him to the station.  There's a lot more talking, and basically Evans reveals that he is no hero but wants his son to remember him for one brave deed.  Wade can understand that, so decides to help him, which makes no sense.

Together they walk outside, but gunslingers start firing from all angles.  They both cautiously make their way out through the streets. When the bullets start to get too close to Wade, Charlie starts taking out the greedy townsmen.

After jumping over a few roofs, they make it to the station - and the train is late. Charlie hides out with a load of cattle and the sniper gets into position.  The train shows up.

Dan's son startles the cattle which stampede. The diversion is all they need, and Evans gets Wade onto the train and behind bars.  Suddenly Charlie appears and shoots Evans in the back. Wade shouts to his men to stop, and runs off the train towards them as William runs to comfort his old man.

In anger, and knowing they are all a bit dodgy anyway, he takes Charlie's gun and shoots his men dead -- including his little friend Charlie, who has tears in his eyes as he falls.  Dan dies.  Wade gets back onto the train and behind the bars - but as he said earlier, he had already escaped from the Yuma jail before anyway.  It still doesn't make all that much sense though.
  He whistles and his trusty horse runs alongside the train - but without any means to get on board, plus it probably doesn't have a ticket, it's going to be a long journey to Yuma.

Our Comments:

Gustavo J. - "It was a complex display of a villainy.

The way I make sense of Wade helping Evans is understanding that Wade takes this moment of life profoundly (inclined to believe that he does this with other moments) and expresses so with a rich rhetoric. He has had a long 'career' as an outlaw and there is not much he has not seen, therefore finds value in picking Evans brain as far as his choices in life. At the end he is cooperative to help Evans achieve getting him on the train so the railroad personified by Butterfield can hold up their end of the bargain and secure the future of his family."

Gustavo J. - "It is honor and an incomplete sense of morals that drive Ben Wade. He sums it up in the dinner table with Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts." Wade makes up his own morals but also gives indication that seeks redemption and to make his heart pure through an act like this one, knowing that all men cannot escape judgment. Praise the Lord."

Gustavo J. - "After Charlie Prince shoots Evans dead (sparing no bullets) he seems to give him a look as if saying 'you killed a good man'. You can also see that Wade only saw Charlie as a business partner and does not really think much of him in their opening scene together, so there was no surprise there.

I have more thoughts, but I hang my hat for now.

Good script, good execution."

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