The film stars Christian Bale (“Batman Begins”) as an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”) plays his best friend and Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) plays Rodriguez’s girlfriend. It marks the film directing debut of David Ayer, who is the creator of “Training Day” and the writer of “The Fast and the Furious.”
This film was basically about one continuous party between friends Jim and Mike. They get drunk, smoke reefer a few times, beat up some guys, and use the F word so many times I lost count. The only good thing I can think of concerning this film, and I am not sure it should be considered good, is that when Jim challenges the almighty with a curse, daring him to take his life, the almighty apparently takes him up on it by film’s end. Let’s see, what other non family-friendly stuff was in the film? Jim almost murders his girlfriend and best friend Mike, and he does murder some other characters in the movie. He fakes his urine test for a job with the Feds since the LAPD reject him as officer material, and he tries to sell a load of weed near film’s end which proves to be fatal. There is a graphic murder in the film, in which a character’s throat is slit. I know I am being a bit “harsh” about “Harsh Times,” but trust us, your family doesn’t want to see this one.