Sunday, May 29, 2016

Harsh Times (2005)

Director: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer

Composer: Graeme Revell

Starring: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez, Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman, Tammy Trull, J.K. Simmons, Michael Monks, Samantha Esteban, Tania Verafield, Noel Gugliemi, Adriana Millan, Geo Corvera, Cesar Garcia, Terry Crews

More info: IMDb

Plot:  A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Good flick.  The performances are good but it's hard to like Jim (Bale) as he's not a good person and he's very fucked up time bomb waiting to go off.  When he does, it's a tense ride until the end.  Freddy Rodriguez was great.  It's a difficult film to watch in that you want these characters to succeed but they're so screwed up in the way they haven't really grown up.  These two cats aren't good for each other.  They've got inflated dreams that will never come true and it's their fault and no one else's.  It's frustrating seeing people like that on or off the big screen. The Mirimax DVD has a few extras with 7 deleted scenes, a commentary with Ayers and 6 trailers in English and 4 in Spanish (nice touch).

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