Well, I just watched 3:10 to Yuma. It was the 2007 version (not the 1957 version). It was a pretty good western. There was some violence (obviously…you can’t have a good western without people getting shot) and some language in it that I didn’t appreciate. Nowadays you would have to live in a cave to avoid foul language. The plot was well developed, as were the characters. No real spoilers here, for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie.The story involves a outlaw named Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), who robs a stagecoach, but gets captured in the aftermath. Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is a local rancher who signs on to transport Wade to the train station in the next town. That train arrives at 3:10, and it goes to the prison in Yuma (hence the title). Wade’s gang makes the requisite rescue attempt, with a $200 twist that I thought spoke to the sin nature in us all.
The ending was different than the 1957 version, and it left me thinking. When I watch most movies, I leave it with a feeling of “that ended well” or “that ending was no good.” In this movie, all of the loose ends were tied up, but I had to sit there and think about the characters and their actions.
Why do we choose to do anything in this life? Is there anybody that is truly “incorrigible?” To put a spiritual slant on it: is there anyone whom the love of God cannot change? I believe that anyone can change, if they are given the opportunity. Anyway, those are my thoughts.
I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!