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Harsh Times

6.81 h 50 min2006X-Ray15
While waiting to join the LAPD, ex-soldier Jim has too much time on his hands. Tormented by the horrors of war, he convinces his best friend Mike to relive their anarchic past cruising the streets of South L.A., a melting-pot of hard-drinking, drugs and gang warfare. Together they spiral into an abyss of crime and violence that can lead to only one conclusion…
David Ayer
Christian BaleFreddy RodriquezEva Longoria
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J.K. Simmons
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4.4 out of 5 stars

309 global ratings

  1. 64% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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CommonManReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual Film.
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Sitting through the first fifteen minutes was hard going, I really felt like giving up on it, but slowly it started to come together and began to intrigue me as to where it was going. In the end I have to conclude it really did not make the journey. Not sure why but I suspect that too much ground was covered with too little depth. I was willing Bale to pull something extra out of the hat but alas he did not.
The stupid flashing lights and camera shake effects when Bale's character has a flashback, are really annoying……must have been an off day for special effects team.
This could have been a very good film, but it's not……opportunity sadly missed.
However, still worth watching.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
and reconnect with old pal Mike (the shockingly good Freddie Rodriguez) Theres fun
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David Ayer writes directs and even remortgaged his house to put up the money for this. He is only now getting widespread acclaim for his recent movie Suicide Squad, but this alerted me to his talent back then. Along with the outstanding director is Christian Bale fresh from his first stint as Batman with an unforgettable, brutal and heartbreaking performance as Jim a war veteran trying to get into Law Enforcement in L.A. and reconnect with old pal Mike (the shockingly good Freddie Rodriguez) Theres fun, thrills and a barrel load of pain to be had with this. Eva Longoria looks fantastic as ever but shows shes more than a pretty face as she mixes it with the awesome Bale and Rodriguez.
ColinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible performance & Film
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What can I say; as an ex Army 'person' I thought Christian Bale's 'performance' was amazing. I will leave it at that. David Ayrer, my hat is off to you!
COCARLEYReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Enjoyed this alot good actors great story line
DaveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
German Harsh times
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German. Did I miss something? Disappointing.
DGNBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good film, just shows how tough life is if ...
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Good film, just shows how tough life is if you are from the wrong side of town. Dreams are shattered by ambition and stupidity.
COLIN LARGEReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Really happy with product. Fast delivery
Ahmed El BahjaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
I liked it.
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This movie isn't out of this world, but it is quite interesting and compelling. Christian Bale does a fantastic job too.
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