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3:10 TO YUMA

With Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Peter Fonda, Vinessa Shaw, Logan Lerman, Ben Foster, Alan Tudyk, Gretchen Mol

Written by Halsted Welles & Michael Brandt
Directed by James Mangold

Since Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven had the popularity of the Western in an upswing, it has dwindled yet again. With 3:10 To Yuma (based on Elmore Leonard’s short story), director James Mangold (Copland) returns to the familiar dusty settings on which much of American cinema was built. With a great cast and a simple, but dramatically involving tale (with quite a bit of action) the filmmakers add yet another entry to this vast genre. A one-legged, down-on-his-luck farmer stands to lose his land when the railway linking the Atlantic and the Pacific is about to cut through his territory. A notorious bank- and train robber is captured, and the desperate farmer joins the posse in the service of the men driving him off his land to get the criminal to jail – for a sum of money he desperately needs to keep his farm.
With a son looking down on him for not reacting against his aggressors, and the relationship between him and the robber playing off each other, his personality and past slowly exposes the real man.
3:10 To Yuma (referring to the train the men need to reach with their convict) was first made in 1957.
The pristine Blu-ray transfer gives life to the arid landscape, the fantastic sound set to make even dodgy TV speakers sound great as horses thunder and bullets ricochet.

Besides commentary tracks, extra features cover an entire range of featurettes, from the making-of elements, a look at the weapons, the soundtrack, as well as historical glimpses at the time period, the post civil war climate, real life outlaws, the connecting of the two oceans via a railroad and a whole lot more.

4 / C
- Paul Blom

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- A - B - C

- 6 - Volcanic
- 5 - Blistering
- 4 - Hot
- 3 - Smolder
- 2 - Room Temp.
- 1 - Fizzled
- 0 - Extinguished

- A: Multi-Viewing Potential

- B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

- C: Once Should Suffice

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