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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: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • Release Date: Dec 14 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0041SI7AM
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From the creator of Training Day

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I thought this movie was pretty cool. You can obviously see that Ayer is sticking to the sort of territory that he's most comfortable with, so it's hard to blame the guy for trying to recreate the same magic in his directorial debut, "Harsh Times." This story revolves around Jim (Christian Bale) and Mike (Freddy Rodriguez), two buddies who spend their days cruising the streets of L.A. on the lookout for trouble. Jim is a war veteran who's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, while Mike wants to straighten up and fly right - if only to prevent his longtime girlfriend, Eva Longoria, from walking out on him. Ayer emphasizes an appropriately gritty sense of style, refusing to shy away from some of the more unpleasant aspects of Jim and Mike's tumultuous lives. And though Rodriguez and Bale have an equal amount of screen time, there's absolutely no denying that Bale is the central attraction here. Ever since Rodriguez left his role in "Six Feet Under" he has been regulated to supporting roles in ensemble movies, like "Poseidon" and "Lady in the Water," but this is the first role of significance for him since becoming a prominent actor on "SFU." He is very good here, and he has great chemistry with Bale. Whereas Eva Longoria character is badly underwritten and deserves a far meatier role to show of her undeniable acting skills.

There is nothing new or original in this film, but it is never dull or boring and it keeps you with it until the end, despite its incredible flights of implausible incidents and odd coincidences. It does have the distinction though of being the first film to focus on a contemporary Iraq war veteran, but we sadly only see the violent effects of Jim's supposed post-war psychosis and not a hint of explanation as to the causes of his inner demons.
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I'm biased. I love Christian Bale. This movie is kind of like looking in the window at the story of two criminal underdogs. Everyone knows a guy like Bale's character, Jim Davis. Slightly talented, but over boastful of his achievements and ultimately unsuccessful. Watch it, it's grit glossed over.
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Ce film n'est certainement pas à la portée de tout le monde. C'est un film dur, mais excellent. Tous les acteurs y jouent fort bien leur rôle.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 185 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed. June 9 2016
By Nancy Hembree - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Christian Bale--however, this role was not one of my favorites. I just didn't believe Mr. Bale's character at all. I guess that is because I have loved every other character he has done. I just don't think that this movie was worth the time and money I paid to watch it. Maybe I was just not in the right frame of mind.

In any case, I have great respect for Christian Bale and I have seen some spectacular movies that would not have worked for anyone else but Christian Bale. I look forward to seeing him in many more films in the future. He has been my favorite movie star since I saw him in "Empire of the Sun" and every movie since then. He is an incredible actor whom I adore.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep film Oct. 14 2016
By D. Edgar - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Christian Bale may not be someone you would think of for a role like this, he is very impressive in it. Although the gang land thing seems like a big theme, I would argue that this is more a film about a war veteran with PTSD trying to find his way in Los Angles given his background and adapting to civilian life. I believe on the DVD case it had one reviewer who said it seems like an early Scorsese film in some ways. I would have to agree. In my humble opinion, this movie is art, not a popcorn flick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WANTED: Law Enforcement Recruits Willing To Kill Aug. 7 2008
By Unlucky Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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As in real life, there is a fine line that separates the good guys (cops) from the bad guys (the crooks). Good guys are never just good guys in real life, or in a David Ayer script (TRAINING DAY). Sometimes they are conflicted and sometimes they're just plain old criminal punks. And sometimes they're walking on the edge of a criminally insane abyss. Ayer writes mostly crime drama with rogue cop elements and cop-gone-bad conflict. Ayer directs here for the first time. Christian Bale plays Jim, a whacked-out psychopathic ex-Ranger, recently discharged from Active Duty in The Middle East. Jim drags his best friend Mike, played by Freddy Rodriguez, thru the crime ridden streets of Hispanic East L.A. and down into the dark abyss of his personal psychosis. The two wander aimlessly thru their days drinking, smoking reefer, looking for trouble, and trying to sell a stolen gun. Mike is pretending to look for work, while Jim searches for a law enforcement job that will provide him with a license to kill. The L.A.P.D. doesn't want him, but Homeland Security does. But, something insane is about to spoil Jim's "dream job" ...

That something is Jim.

While the plot appears mundane, the inner life of these two men is anything but prosaic.

The script is an actor's dream. It is a showcase character piece for the fine acting talent of Christian Bale. He produced the film. In my opinion, this is his best performance. (I thought he was "F" ing Great in AMERICAN PSYCHO and THE MACHINIST, but he really excels in this performance. Not once did I think I was watching Christian Bale. Or Patrick Bateman.) Everytime he squints his eyes or turns his head in this film, you're bracing yourself for what might follow. A brilliant actor in an amazing role. Freddy Rodriguez is equally impressive in his role. At first, the two seem oddly incompatible. By the end of the film, they are wallowing in on-screen chemistry. They also have great comic timing together. Excellent job!

Eva Longoria plays Mike's girlfriend. She is poignant and beautiful.

The dialogue is a humorously realistic mix of brazen street lingo and (subtitled) Spanish. Some of it is downright hilarious!

"That's a serious breech of the homey code, man."

Like other reviewers, I was instantly struck with this film's resemblance to TAXI DRIVER. Although, the dynamics of "loner pychosis" is absent from this film. And, this Masterpiece of psychotic Suspense stands entirely on it's own. A brilliant film with brilliant performances. Went to bed last night after viewing this film, and I can't get it out of my head. One of The Best Films of 2006. And David Ayer's Best Screenplay.


5.0 out of 5 stars LoveBale Oct. 7 2016
By GlenMac - Published on Amazon.com
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My opinion is this is one of Christian Bale's best movies. I am a big fan of Bale's and enjoy his acting techniques immensely. This one he really plays a wacked-out character I think a lot of people would like and stay interested.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Realistic, not movie magic stuff. Aug. 8 2016
By JO JO BROWN OF PHX - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome movie! If you like realistic movies, this is one! Not fake explosions, all real stuff that happens in real life!