Essay Three: 3:10 To Yuma

10 Apr









I decided to use the movie 3:10 to Yuma for my essay number three. I am not really sure about it, because I really don’t know yet if I will have enough information about how the movie relates to the West theme, so I don’t know if I will change it later. But for now 3:10 to Yuma (2007) is movie about a rancher Dan Evans that while trying to clear up issues about the sale of his land he witnesses a stagecoach robbery led by and outlaw named Ben Wade.  Then after Wade is captured by the law, Evans decides to be one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train for a reward of $200. Evan’s effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land, so the $ 200 reward will be enough to save his land and give a better life to his family. During their journey, Ben gets closer to Dan while his gang of criminals follows the group to rescue their boss.

At the journey Dan discovers that his son William is following them, Evans tries to pressure William to return back to the ranch, but William decides to stay with them. While taking a shortcut through a canyon, the group is attacked by Apache warrior Indians. Evans tries to kill them, but he is badly wounded. Wade saves him, arms himself, and kills the remaining attackers.

Meanwhile the gang doubles back to find Wade. Eventually the two men (Dan and Ben) end up in a room in the Contention hotel, overlooking the street, surrounded outside by armed men who want to rescue Ben or kill him. Then Dan starts going through the town shooting everyone in sight and dodging as many bullets as he can. At the end Dan and Ben began to trust each other and Ben knowing that he had escape of Yuma prison before, decides to help Dan by willingly getting in the train to go to prison.  When they finally get to the train, Ben’s friends shoot Dan in front of son.  William grabs Dan’s gun and points it at Ben, but he can’t bring himself to kill him (after all, it wasn’t really Ben’s fault that Dan died). As William goes to mourn his father’s death, Ben boards the 3:10 to Yuma and heads to prison. As the train leaves, Ben whistles to his horse who runs after the train…meaning that Ben will escape.


Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Essay Three: 3:10 To Yuma

  1. haroldkiefer

    April 13, 2012 at 3:40 am

    You should have no problem relating this movie to how the west use to be. It seems to me like their is plenty to relate too. However, I’ve always wanted to watch 3:10 to Yuma but have never gotten the chance but this only makes me want to watch it more. Good luck with it.

  2. Brittney Metzmeier

    April 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Sounds like a good movie. I did my essay on The Outlaw Josey Wales. It was a good movie and enjoyed watching it. I have just turned in my rough draft for review. Hopefully you do good on this last essay. Good luck!

  3. christinesalleng

    April 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love this movie. It is hard to believe we are wrapping this semester up. Glad to be in class with you again. I have enjoyed reading your essays and blog this semester.

    • eng102cindysolis

      April 23, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Thank you so much!
      I am so ready for summer. I really need a break from school. I was nice to be in class with you again.

      Good luck!


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