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Re-make of 1950s classic: 3.10 to Yuma

PUBLISHED: 15:32 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:29 01 July 2010

DVD - 3.10 to Yuma RELEASED half a century after the original, this taunt remake of a 1957 classic is a worthy addition to the glut of films making up the western revival of recent years.

DVD - 3.10 to Yuma

RELEASED half a century after the original, this taunt remake of a 1957 classic is a worthy addition to the glut of films making up the western revival of recent years.

Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is a failing rancher who lost his leg fighting in the Civil War. He is struggling to provide for his wife and son William (Logan Lerman) who despises him for lacking the stones or the faculties to stand up to the money lenders who constantly harass him. Evans sees a chance to solve his money problems and earn his boy's respect when volunteers are needed to escort the recently captured gunman Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the 3.10 prison to Yuma. The team set off, soon joined by William who has run away from home to go with them, and have to make it to the train before Wade's gang catch up with them.

As is to be expected Crowe takes on the role of smooth talking sociopath with gutsy relish and Bale is eerily convincing as the world weary Evans. Peter Fonda is also excellent as the grizzly bounty hunter who tracked down and captured Wade. Unusually for a western somewhere along the road the line between the good guys and bad guys gets blurred making it difficult to know who to root for.

l 3.10 to Yuma is released on DVD on January 28.


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