3:10 To Yuma

Westerns used to be a popular genre.
For some odd reason they fell out of popularity, so now you only get to see one from time to time. If you are going to see one make it this one.
3:10 to Yuma is definitely one of the finest films released in the last year.
Don't let the cast be the only reason for seeing this film. Yes, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale are magnificent, but it's the story itself that makes it so gripping.
The basic plotline is that Crowe's character, Ben Wade, is an evil gangster. He's been holding up the railroad payroll and getting away with it. They catch him and then have to escort him to prison.
Enter Bale's character, Dan Evans, a poor farmer who is a veteran of the American Civil War. He agrees to help escort Wade to the train (thence the title).
Along the way the characters develop. There's plenty of action and you really don't know what's going to happen next.
Unfortunately the film wasn't nominated under any of the main categories for this year's Oscars, but it has been nominated for a few awards related to sound, including audio editing and best score.
If you get a chance to beg, borrow or steal a copy of the DVD - go for it!
You won't regret it!

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