New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.
Samuel L. Jackson,
Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. Written by
Emilio Rivera and Paul Renteria (the man who stabs Eddy), are good friends in real life. They also worked behind the scenes as dialect and culture coaches for the Welsh-born Christian Bale and the Chicago-born, Puerto Rican Freddy Rodríguez. Rivera and Renteria had worked together in the early 1990's in the Historic Chicano Play "The Silver Dollar" performed in front of live patrons in the Silver Dollar Bar on the famous Whittier Boulevard in East LA, which commemorated the shooting and actual death site of LA Times Correspondent Rubén Salazar on August 29, 1970, during the East LA Riots. They also appeared together in 2007's Toyota Tundra "Band Roadies" Spanish Television Commercial & Latino Concert Series. Off screen, they speak to High School students about Acting & Life Issues, participate in Celebrity Softball Games, and can often be seen on the streets of Los Angeles supporting Children's Toy Runs & Various Fundraisers on their Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. See more »
When Jim and his girlfriend walk to the car where she tells him she's pregnant, you can clearly see a shadow of a cameraman on the billboard behind Jim on the left of the screen. See more »
[Jim and Mike are in their car at a red light]
This fucks up my plan. This is fucking bullshit. Okay, this, these fucking assholes, this fuck...
[Begins punching the car horn with each word]
These! Fucking! Ass! Holes! What the fuck is their problem man? This is fucking typical! Gah! Hate-game bullshit!
Yo, yo. Fucking chill Magilla Gorilla. I mean you're tripping dude.
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Saw Harsh Times today, mostly because Bale is gorge! and was blown away. Just one problem, and that is the way Freddy and Christians characters talk: "Wassup dawg/dude/homie", it's grating and annoying. There are some truly shocking, out of the blue moments, and not once is this movie clichéd or predictable. I was disappointed that there were only 20 people at the most in the cinema, especially as it's the first day. The way the ending is shot is very impressive and moving, and stayed with me for ages afterwards. There is a lot of unnecessary swearing, but I suppose that is the way Jim and Mike would speak. Also, Jim is supposed to be 26 but looks a lot older. I was so impressed and can't wait for the DVD, although I won't be surprised the second time round. I recommend Harsh Times very highly; it is emotional, violent, realistic, hilarious, thought provoking, traumatic, inspired, entertaining, gripping, original and shocking.
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