September 24, 2007
Movie Review: 3:10 to Yuma
Jeez! It's been a while since I've blogged about anything. Sorry out there to anyone who actually might be reading this thing. I've been a little busy.
About a week ago I went to see 3:10 to Yuma which was incredible.
The film would not be much at all without strong performances by the cast. The story is a very simple morality take, about a man who is more or less forced by the circumstances of his life to assist in transporting a very powerful outlaw to the train that will take him to meet justice. And as might be expected, there are many obstacles awaiting their journey. But the film becomes something more as it breaks down into a personal battle of wills; between one man who is unyielding in his desire to do what is right even when faced with seemingly an unbeatable adversary and having any number of excuses for giving in and taking the easy way out but who carries on regardlessly, and his adversary who is in his own words is “as rotten as hell” but seems to have an uncanny sense of human virtue.
Another aspect that makes this film worth watching is the subtlety in how the story is told. There are really no outlandish gunslinging scenes. This seems to a very reliable non-glorified depiction of life in the rugged west.