A remake of sorts of the 1957 film of the same name, the writers and Mangold have gone back more to Elmore Leonard’s original story as a blueprint and have worked, quite successfully, to create 3:10 to Yuma as a western that feels desperate and desolate, the only kind of western that works in a genre so inherently informed by Clint Eastwood’s The Unforgiven that anything since has to play by the rules of William Munny and the dark nature of that film.
Crisp, clean shirts with consciences to match don’t fit in the new definitions of the genre, and Mangold knows it, Bale knows it and Crowe exemplifies it, giving his best performance in a decade.
3:10 to Yuma
Starring Christian Bale, Russell Crowe and Ben Foster
Directed by James Mangold
Opens September 7, 2007