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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.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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