Hollywood just doesn’t make any good Westerns anymore. Heck, they don’t make Westerns anymore, period. The last good Western was Kevin Costner’s “Open Range”, and that was in 2003. I don’t know if James Mangold’s “3:10 to Yuma” will make a dent in America’s “We don’t give a damn about Westerns” mentality, but whoever put the film together sure did all they could to give the film the best chance possible. The director, the stars (not just Christian Bale, but Russell Crowe as well!), and kickass trailers. If “3:10 to Yuma” doesn’t resurrect the Western genre in Hollywood, then it’s just not destined to happen.
A rancher struggles to support his ranch and family during a long drought. Desperately needing money to build a well, he takes an assignment to transport a notorious felon, in the hands of authorities, to Yuma for imprisonment. But, once the two meet, the criminal tries to tempt him with–in exchange for allowing him to escape–an offer of much more money than the rancher ever expected, the result of a hidden loot.
Starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Alan Tudyk, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, and directed by James Mangold.
Catch the train to Yuma September 7th, 2007.
Via the boys over at CHUD, who unearthed a new poster for “3:10 to Yuma” (scroll down below). It’s not as cool as the previous one, and if anything, it seems to undercut its own Western themes. Red title fonts on bright white background and silhouetted figure? Eh, could be better.