Harsh Times

Released 2007


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David Ayer
From the creator of Training Day comes Harsh Times, a gritty look at friendship, loyalty and ambition set on the extremely rough streets of south central Los Angeles. Jim Davis (Christian Bale) is an ex-Army Ranger recently discharged from the military, yet still haunted by nightmares of his former occupation. While seeking a position with the LAPD that will allow him to marry his Mexican girlfriend and bring her to the United States, Jim kills time chilling with his best friend, Mike (Freddy Rodriguez). Mike is feeling the heat from his longtime girlfriend, Sylvia (Eva Longoria): either get a job or get out. But the love of a beautiful woman can't compare to the bonds of friendship, and Jim and Mike are soon cruising the streets of South Central, slipping back into a deceitful life of drugs, violence and petty crime, just like when they were kids. Without a moral compass to guide them, it is only a matter of time before these two misguided friends get lost along a destructive and explosive path from which there is no turning back. Christian Bale (Batman Begins), Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under") and Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") star in Harsh Times, written and directed by David Ayer (Training Day, The Fast and the Furious).moreless


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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A psychotic seizure of a performance by Christian Bale dominates Harsh Times, the directorial debut of David Ayer that channels "Taxi Driver."

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Mr. Bales's spectacular technical performance of a toxic bad boy on the fast track to hell somehow lacks an inner core.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Harsh Times goes down like the vinegar its protagonist chugs to try to beat a drug test. It's carefully crafted, exasperating and ugly, a festival of self-destructiveness, in all w...

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