Film Fans disagree on '3:10 to Yuma'

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4 stars out of four

What a great movie. Unlike most recent remakes, this one is actually better than the 1957 version of Elmore Leonard's short story. A rancher, played by Christian Bale, desperate for money to save his farm and his family, takes on the job of escorting a notorious killer (Russell Crowe) to a nearby town to put him on the prison train to Yuma. Crowe's gang has other ideas, and the story grows from there. It has all the suspense of "High Noon" and all the gritty realism of "The Unforgiven." Will certainly be among the best Westerns of all time.

- Steve Kalberg, Lawrenceville

2 stars out of four

I have always liked Westerns, since the days of "Gunsmoke" and "The Rifleman" on TV. In "3:10 to Yuma," as is so often the case, the viewer ends up liking the bad guy, here played by Russell Crowe. However, it is a little difficult to figure out the message this movie is trying to get across. At first it seems that the "down and out" rancher is doing the honorable thing to try to turn in the bad guy. However, in the end one begins to wonder if he is just trying to escape his misery while appearing to be a hero in the eyes of his son. As you'd expect, this Western has plenty of gun fighting and blood.

- J. P. Zinn, Lawrenceville