Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Western, Crime/Gangster and Remake
Running Time: 1 hr. 57 min.
Release Date: September 7th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for violence and some language.
Directed by: James Mangold
JJ Rating: A-
Dan Evans (Christian Bale) a rancher and his two sons William (Logan Lerman—most likely known for being Bobby in WB’s Jack and Bobby) and Mark (Benjamin Petry) went to go get their cattle. The cattle were used in a heist of a coach that was orchestrated by Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his gang of mean, mean men. Ben and his men leave and Dan gathers his cattle but finds Byron McElroy (Peter Fonda) still alive. He ends up helping him until the men from the town that was waiting for the coach come and take over. Dan ends up being part of a crew that is to take Ben to the 3:10 train to
I do not like Westerns. I think they are bland and are all the same. I guess I shouldn’t think that but I do. So I rarely bother seeing them. And sense those don’t happen often in today’s
Crowe was not the very first choice to have for this movie they wanted to get Tom Cruise but that fell through. So when Crowe said yes the movie was kick-started again. Eric Bana was their choice for Dan opposite of Cruise. Unanimously Russell Crowe, James Mangold (Director) and Cathy Konrad (Producer) decided on Christian Bale instead. I’m glad that it was a Crowe and Bale instead of a Cruise and Bana. I like Cruise and Bana but I see them as too ‘nice’ and not enough grit to pull off a Western.
Crowe and Bale’s performances were outstanding. I was impressed, yet again, with the both of them. While Bale would be pushed around in scenes I would say, “Come on pull on the cowl and punch them and the face and say I’M BATMAN!” Ha. I was also impressed with Logan Lerman’s performance as William. It was also a nice added treat to see Alan Tudyk as Doc. He was also in one of my favorite scenes with a shovel and the scene after an explosion. Ben Foster played Charlie Prince and through the whole movie I was racking my brain on who was he and where did I know him from. It annoys me when I see an actor and I can’t place them. Foster did an outstanding job as a villain. I really did not like him. I could not find a redeeming thing about his character. Then I came home and looked it up and found out that he played Angel in X-Men 3. I felt better and more at ease and less annoyed after that.