• Harsh Times (2006)

Harsh Times

Release Date: November 10th, 2006

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2007

R |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

Jim (Christian Bale) is a Gulf War veteran and he believes it is his sworn duty to protect Americans by policing the streets of Los Angeles. His dreams are shattered when he is rejected by the Los Angeles Police Department leaving him and his Mexican paramour in the lurch. Jim is soon offered a position in the Department of Homeland Security leading him to recruit his unemployed best friend Mike (Freddy Rodriquez) to carve a path of devastation across the city.

Cast: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriquez, Eva Longoria, Terry Crews, Noel Gugliemi, Chaka Forman, Michael Monks, J.K. Simmons

Director: David Ayer

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Crave Films, Harsh Times LLC

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Girlfriend , Los Angeles , Best friend , 2000s , Dark , Sacrifice , Love , Suspenseful , Emotional , Fall ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film's unrelenting bleakness and misanthropic tone is likely to be a turnoff to mainstream performances, but it provides its lead actor with another opportunity to display his riveting intensity. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Bale brings intense energy (and a convincing American accent) to the proceedings, and the film manages to make this borderline Travis Bickle into a sympathetic character - with a sweetheart, and a sweeter life, beckoning from south of the border. Strong stuff. show more

  • 88
    Kyle SmithNew York Post

    If Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he'd be making movies much like this one. show more

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