By Kristin Battestella
David Ayer’s Harsh Times is a tale of bitter realities in South Central Los Angeles. Although star Christian Bale received praise all around, the 2005 action flick found mixed reviews from critics. Despite gritty performances and authenticity, Harsh Times doesn’t go far enough.
New media darling Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) stars as Jim Davis, an army ranger recently returned from
Now, I must say Harsh Times is not the type of film I normally watch. Independent features exposing the dark underbelly of other countries or situations new to me, those I like. Growing up near
Thankfully, Christian Bale takes over Harsh Times. After downs like Newsies, Velvet Goldmine, and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Bale has finally received due acclaim in
Harsh Times keeps it real in the supporting cast and locations. The mix of Hispanics struggling in LA contrasted with Black gangs and idyllic farm life in
Is Harsh Times a bad movie? No. There is a young audience out there for it, and Harsh Times is a movie of which Bale should definitely be proud. But with such heavy subject matter, there is more to be had than action yarns and respectable film. With a meatier script, who knows where Harsh Times could have gone.