IT’S HIGH NOON AGAIN FOR LONG-NEGLECTED GENRE
September 7, 2007 — WESTERNS, which have been headed for Boot Hill for 30 years, get a reprieve with “3:10 to Yuma,” an extremely well-acted and well-directed remake of a 1957 oater based on a short story by the then-obscure Elmore Leonard. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale capably step into Glenn Ford and Van Heflin’s old roles in what used to be called a psychological Western back in the day, when “3:10″ was often compared to “High Noon” because of its focus on fulfilling a civic responsibility on a ticking-clock schedule.In this handsomely produced remake, poor, one-legged farmer Dan (Bale) has accepted a $200 bounty to help deliver stagecoach robber Ben (Crowe), whom he has helped to capture.
All he has to do is take Ben to Contention City to catch that train to Yuma for a date with the hangman.
The journey to the train will take two days, and riding shotgun with Dan are wounded, leathery bounty hunter (Peter Fonda, excellent), a veterinarian (Alan Tudyk) and the somewhat shady railroad official (Dallas Roberts) who has hired Dan.