There is a third element to the core tale; that is Evans' son, William. The strong-willed teen follows his father out on the trail, joining the group transporting Wade. Wade delivers a telling line which gives insight to all three characters: "He ain't following you. He's following me." This line gives reason for William's presence, Wade's future, and Evans' desire to see justice delivered onto Wade.
The supporting cast is led by Peter Fonda as McElroy, a fiery portrayal of a man intent on putting an end to Wade's work. Ben Foster turns in a strong, if single note performance as Charlie Prince. This guy is insane as he will stop at nothing to free his boss. Alan Tudyk and Dallas Roberts round out the supporting cast as Doc Potter and Butterfield, respectively.
3:10 to Yuma is a much stronger outing for director James Mangold than his previous film, Walk the Line. There is considerably more style and energy to the look and feel of the film. It is grim, dirty, and very rough. This is a very good return to the big screen for the western.
Bottom line. If you are looking fro some of the strongest performances of the year, exciting action, high drama, and a touch of humor, look no further. If for nothing else, Crowe and Bale's performances are worth seeing on the big screen. This is a film that will take you on a ride and leave you drained at its conclusion.