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Harsh Times [Blu-ray] (2005)

Christian Bale , Eva Longoria , David Ayer  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Eva Longoria, Freddy Rodríguez, Chaka Forman, Tammy Trull
  • Directors: David Ayer
  • Writers: David Ayer
  • Producers: Christian Bale, David Ayer, Andrea Sperling, David Gorton, Jesse Felsot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041SI7AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Harsh Times [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Christian Bale stars as a volatile ex-soldier who slips back into a life of crime after missing out on a job with the LAPD.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked. Worth the Watch. August 11, 2008
Format:DVD
Jim is the type of guy that anyone may know. He served his time as a soldier and now it's his dream to become a cop in Los Angeles. The problem is not only does he spend most days drinking, smoking pot, and looking for ways to either get laid or kick the snot out of someone, but his time as a soldier gets to him more than he lets on. He has nightmares every night and usually wakes up screaming, has cold chills, and is just one step away from the brink of insanity. His best friend, Mike, just wants to get a job so he can make his wife happy, but his drinking problem gets him into more trouble than it should. Jim and Mike hang out all the time, so when one gets in trouble the other one has his back. While Mike has his wife, Sylvia, Jim has a girlfriend, Marta, back in Mexico who he hopes to get across the border once he gets that dream job. So when Jim gets a call from Homeland Security and Mike has an interview go really well at one of the best businesses in town, they think their lives are beginning to look up. But what'll happen when Jim finally gets pushed too far? Who will he take it out on and how many people will be caught in the crossfire?

This movie kind of plays out like some of my favorite songs. Things start off slow, but are slowly building towards a big finale. Once things start rolling, it's inevitable to try and resist the mayhem that's sure to ensue. That's a perfect way to describe Harsh Times. The film is generally about a subject I usually have no interest in, but the characters involved, the way events unfold, and the way Christian Bale portrays Jim Luther Davis kept me watching.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harsh Times Is A Great Flick June 18, 2008
Format:DVD
If you don't think this movie is any good, I would hate to know the movies you would like. This is the most underrated movie I've seen in a while. Christian Bale has become one of my favorite actors. I love him in absolutely everything I see him in. And this movie is no different. He seems to embody his characters in such an intense way, it can be scary, and he doesn't disappoint here. For being an Englishman, he does American better than most American actors. I thought the script was well written, and the supporting actors did a good job. That Desperate Housewives chick didn't even get on my nerves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding performances, a chilling concept September 10, 2008
Format:DVD
Jim is a veteran from Afghanistan, whose application to the LAPD is turned down. Mike, his friend, is also searching for a job, but choosing instead to party it up with Jim. But the attrocities Jim saw (and committed) in the war begin to wear on him, encouraging the violent side that lay dormant until then, and he slowly drags Mike down with him, spiraling to a breakdown that could shatter their friendship...if they survive it.

I wasn't sure what to expect from "Harsh Times." I've become quite a fan of Christian Bale lately; and I loved Freddy Rodriguez in "Planet Terror," and thought he would be a great dramatic actor (little did I know, he has a lot of experience in the field; my bad homey, as Mike would say). But I wasn't sure about the concept, if it could hold my attention the entire two hours of the film.

Well, it did, largely thanks to two great performances from the leads. True, Bale doesn't flesh out this role as well as he has others, but he's still one of the best out there. Rodriguez matches him step-for-step, creating one of the best dramatic pairings I've seen in quite some time. Eva Longoria and Tammy Trull, as the love interests on the two men, shine in their brief--yet important--performances. J.K. Simmons offers some nice levity as a Homeland Security agent; it's one of the few light-hearted moments in the film, and even then there's something simmering underneath--when Simmons mutters to Bale "We're all a little wacko here," a momentary chill runs down your spine.

The script--by director David Ayer--is fairly good, especially in the film's second half; it's first half feels like Street Lingo 101, full of "dudes" and "homeys" and the like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bale and Freddy are great in this one. July 31, 2008
Format:DVD
This flick touches my soft part, I can really relate to Jims (Bales) Character. Im a former soilder myself and have been witness to similiar situations in combat that have really left a post tramatic impression on me. Thank god I have had alot of support from my family and friends, unfortunatly that is not the case with Jim. He has no family whatsoever other then his surrogate brother portrayed exceptionally by Freddy Rodriguez. He is alone, frustrated with his life, and is a deeply troubled individual. He is in search of happiness but rejects it when it is knocking on his door. He has a chance to marry his beautiful girlfriend but choses a life of violence in joining a special op task force for the homeland security dealing with drug cartels in south america. This flick can be disturbing at times, not for the faint of heart, but it is really realistic in the portrayal of friendship, loyalty, and true brotherhood. I give David Ayer props for this gutsy story he has written and directed. I have to say that this movie is almost good as Training Day which he wrote as well. He is a talented up and coming director. Deserving of 4.5 stars but I gave it 5 because of the connection that I had with Christian Bales character. Its a great movie that is underated and probably misunderstood. I highly reccomend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by daphne espinoza
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
It is a pure waste of time.
Published 9 days ago by Prantor Bora
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love Christian Bale! Any role he plays is believable.
Published 17 days ago by Marcella R Bench
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this movie it was very action packed
I really enjoyed this movie it was very action packed. I am a big fan of Chtistain Bale as well. It was sad but showed how are soldiers can be very traumatised by the horrifying... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Rachael Perlin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great David Ayer film
A great David Ayer film! It is not Training Day but it does have its moments. Very well acted as well. Not for the weak stomach!
Published 26 days ago by Joey Poynter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 26 days ago by E. Spaletta
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible!
Awful acting. Waste your time watching this. Turned it off half way through. Starts of in spanish. So disappointing to see
Published 1 month ago by carmik
4.0 out of 5 stars Christian Bale, born to play psycho
Unhinged ex military Ranger is totally psycho in L.A. in this well acted drama. Christian Bale is completely believable in this role. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ron Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough to Watch
Christian plays really an unlikeable character, who drags his friend down. Good acting but I had some issues with the story. He is rude to Eva, even coming on to her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. G. Higbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Very intense
Like the flow of the movie. Kept me involved to the brutal bitter end. Hard reality check on life in drug use and inability trying to lay off of it.
Published 1 month ago by Alfonso Miranda
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