Harsh Times (2005)

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


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27 August 2006 | joebloggscity
7
| Unflinching film set in L.A. which informs and tests your ideas of the world we live in
Christian Bale is an actor who is never orthodox. His string of films have in general been breaking moulds and testing his own ability, and more often than not you leave the cinema thinking that you had seen something special.

Having revived the Batman series and out-Lynched David Lynch in "The Machinist", he has now tackled the troubled life of a war veteran who is trying to find a job in order to be able to settle down so he can marry and bring over his wife from Mexico. Alongside him is his best friend who is also in the same situation of finding a job but this time in order to satisfy his frustrated working wife. As always nothing goes as easily to plan.

The two lead actors end up struggling through job rejections, life, gangs, drugs and drinks, and also the struggle to move on from their carefree lifestyle when they were young. Responsibility is a difficult option for the pair of them. The problem is exacerbated by Christian Bale's character's flashbacks and hauntings to the war, which add a frightening and unstable edge to his character.

The film overall takes us on an unpredictable journey following the two men questioning ourselves what we would do if we were in their shoes, and watching the pair of them acting and opting for what they do can be unsettling. Acting is great, direction is interesting and you will not be disappointed. If you like Crash, then in some ways this is in the same vein but not alike to the movie. I thoroughly was interested and enjoyed this movie, and if you want a thought-provoking film then this is definitely for you.

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Release Date:

10 November 2006

Language

English, Spanish, Korean


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Tecate, Baja California Norte, Mexico

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,968,505 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$3,337,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,969,708

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