Chuck and I saw this last night at a preview screening. I've also seen the original 1957 version. I thought this new version was quite good, although not a great movie like the original, which was elevated by its brilliant direction and cinematography. The basic storyline hasn't changed much, for the most part, although there are some extra stops along the journey in this new one. Christian Bale is solid as Dan Evans, though I prefer Van Heflin in the original. On the other hand, as much as I always like Glenn Ford, especially in the unusual (for him) role of the villain in the original, Russell Crowe really steals the show this time around. He's terrifically charismatic and wicked as Ben Wade, lowering his enemies' defenses with witty small talk while waiting for his chance to bump them off. Crowe also does a great job of showing the strange blend of scorn and admiration that Wade develops for Evans along their journey. Among the supporting cast, Ben Foster plays the second in command of Wade's gang, and he does an OK job, though I'll take Richard Jaeckel any day of the week for a role like that. In this new one, Peter Fonda plays a Pinkerton detective that I don't think directly corresponds with any role in the '57 movie (though maybe I'm just not remembering it right). In any event, his scenes are excellent, especially the vicious interplay between his character and Wade. Overall, I think people looking for a good Western will enjoy this one, even though it doesn't quite measure up to the original. Russell Crowe fans will definitely enjoy his take on a ruthless outlaw who nevertheless sticks to a sort of "warrior code," albeit not one that extends very far beyond saving his own neck. He hasn't had a role quite like this since he became a leading man in Hollywood, and it's a great showcase for his versatility. If anyone wants a comparison of the endings of the two movie versions, I can provide that, with spoilers marked separately for each version.