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.