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Director: David Ayer     Starring: Christian Bale Freddy Rodriguez
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 212934765
UPC: 065935829027
UPC 14: 00065935829027
Category Keywords: Friends  Gangsters  Mexico  Theatrical Release  Violence
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Editor's Note
Haunted by nightmares from his murderous military past, the honorably discharged Jim (Christian Bale) spends his time between his impoverished fiancee in rural Mexico and cruising the streets of east L.A., knocking back beers and smoking joints with his buddy Mike (Freddy Rodriguez). They also pawn a gun, run into some trouble with a jealous gangster, and fool Mike's girlfriend (Eva Longoria) into thinking he's actually dropping off resumes instead of getting drunk and high with his buddy. Homeland Security meanwhile wants to recruit Jim for some special ops in Central America, but first he has to pass a urine test.

This is the directorial debut of David Ayer, who wrote TRAINING DAY, which this film resembles with its smog-saturated cinematography and loving attention to the minutiae of male bonding and "homey codes" in and around L.A.'s inner-city drug culture. One never knows where the story is going, or what's around the next corner in this off-center yarn, and Ayer captures that uneasy feeling of cruising through a bad part of town in a car with someone who you slowly realize cannot be trusted. Christian Bale delivers, as usual, a towering performance: growing progressively more disturbed as the film goes on, he weeps, roars, struts, shouts and flips out, maintaining audience sympathy all the while.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Can/zoom
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/9/2009
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video UPC UPC: 00065935829027
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Tammy Trull
Video Cast Info Adriana Millan
Video Cast Info Noel Guglielmi
Video Cast Info Christian Bale
Video Cast Info Abel Soto
Video Cast Info Eva Longoria
Video Cast Info Terry Crews
Video Cast Info Emilio Rivera
Video Cast Info Freddy Rodriguez
Video Cast Info Andrea Sperling - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Mason - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Graeme Revell - Composer
Video Cast Info Christian Bale - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info David Ayer - Director

Professional Reviews

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "As another reminder of Christian Bale's prodigious talent...it succeeds with bracing impact." 08/01/2006 p.36

Sight and Sound
"[T]he real driving force is Christian Bale's turn as Jim....Bale flaunts his range throughout, tipping from tender to slyly persuasive to stark staring mad." 09/01/2006 p.54

Uncut
"[HARSH TIMES] ratchets up its intense, buzzy, nervy vibe to powerful effect." 09/01/2006 p.122

Entertainment Weekly
"All eyes are riveted on Christian Bale....Bale is mesmerizing and Rodriguez keeps up with him." -- Grade: B 11/17/2006 p.100

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Ayer] has made a remarkable directorial debut. He clearly knows his stuff, as the LA locale is gritty and visceral, and his performers seem utterly at home in this dangerous environment." 06/01/2007 p.118

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