3:10 to Yuma (2007)

 
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Western remake with plenty of shoot-outs and bloodshed.
  • Review Date: January 6, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Western
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 117 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dan wants to do the honorable thing, even if it means risking his life. Wade, meanwhile, takes responsibility for -- and never lies about -- his outlaw ways.

Violence

Dozens and dozens of men get shot dead -- at both close and long range. There's a close-up of a bloody bullet extraction. Men are stabbed, thrown off a cliff, burned, strangled, pounded with a shovel, and even shocked. Except for the bullet removal, nothing is gory, but there's obviously a great deal of violence.

Sex

Wade flirts with Alice. Wade kisses a waitress, and they go up to her room. In the following scene, her nude backside is shown on the bed. She and Wade kiss again. Dan and Alice briefly kiss and hug.

Language

A couple of "f--k"s, as well as uses of "bastard," "son of a bitch," "ass" (with and without "hole")," "s--t," "hell," and "damn" (with and without "god").

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wade's gang drinks shots of whiskey at a bar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Western stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, both of whom appeal to teens. A remake of the 1957 Glenn Ford film, the new version has upped the ante with plenty of shoot-outs and bloodshed for 21st-century audiences. But the bloody scenes are counterbalanced by a lot of conversation between the outlaw and his captors. One of the characters is a slightly rebellious teenager who, for the most part, is ashamed of his father. There's one brief love scene, one bar scene, and some language ("f--k" used a couple of times, plus "s--t," "bastard," and more).

What's the story?

After his gang holds up a railroad company's money coach, Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is captured and told he's being taken to catch the 3:10 train to Yuma prison. But the five-man crew escorting Wade to the train knows that the outlaw's equal-opportunity posse -- which includes a Mexican sharpshooter, an Apache, and cold-blooded second in command Charlie Prince (Ben Foster) -- is sure to follow. If Wade's loyal killers get to him before the train, they'll shoot down anyone who stands in their way. As crippled, put-upon rancher Dan, who's part of the escort crew, Christian Bale is gaunt and hollow-faced. Despite his Civil War-injured leg, he agrees to be part of the crew for the price of $200. He needs the money to salvage his dying farm, mend his broken marriage, and -- for once -- earn some respect from his teenage son (Logan Lerman). The more Wade talks to Dan, the more the odd couple strikes up a strange camaraderie.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

All of the supporting players -- from an almost unrecognizable Peter Fonda as the haggard bounty hunter leading the way to the train station to Foster's stylized take on a wild-eyed murderer -- are remarkable. Even 15-year-old Lerman holds his own with Bale and Crowe. Like all Westerns, this is a testosterone-driven film, but the psychological tug-of-war between the two leads provides an emotional counterpoint to all the bloodshed.

Director James Mangold (Walk the Line) thrives on characters who are neither purely sinner nor saint, and in this remake of the original 1957 Glenn Ford film, he's revitalized a dying genre with the idea that even bad men in black hats can redeem themselves.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about remakes. Why does Hollywood like to remake (or "re-imagine") old films? Can you think of any remakes that ended up being better than the original? Families can also discuss the two main characters. Is Wade completely rotten? What makes him a "bad guy"?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 7, 2007
DVD release date:January 8, 2008
Cast:Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Russell Crowe
Director:James Mangold
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Western
Run time:117 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence and some language.

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An Unaccredited Movie, One of the Best Westerns Ever

This movie, in my opinion is one of the best westerns of all time, right up there next to Unforgiven and The Proposition. It's more than just shootouts and the task to bring a criminal to justice, but a story of a man who works to protect his family, and is inferior in the eyes of his son. The final scenes are masterful movie-making, and you find yourself at odds with the villain. There are a couple death scenes that are a little more graphic than a PG-13 rating would allow, like a man having a fork stabbed into his neck with bloody results and shootouts that leave men dead in a bloody mist. There are two f-words, the profanity isn't that bad, and this is perfect for any younger boys who will enjoy the action and might even take something away from the final moments of this film. It's a great one, an overlooked one, and it definitely deserves to be seen.

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