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A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them.

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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 batfreak79

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Rated R for strong violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£281,609 (UK) (18 August 2006)

Gross:

$3,335,839 (USA) (8 December 2006)
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Trivia

According to Eva Longoria, money was so tight on the film, the production couldn't afford catering. See more »

Goofs

Jim's Smith and Wesson 5904 pistol changes several times throughout the film. Sometimes he is seen wielding a Smith and Wesson 5904 with a squared trigger guard. This indicates it is an earlier production model. Other times in the film he wields a Smith and Wesson 5904 with a rounded off trigger guard, which indicates a later production pistol. See more »

Quotes

Jim Davis: "Mr. Jim Davis, we regret to"... what? Man, how many... I had two beers, right?
Mike Alvarez: Yeah.
Jim Davis: I'm goin' fuckin' blind or something. Okay, this letter says, quoting, "... no longer eligible as a Police Officer candidate." What the fuck does that mean?
Mike Alvarez: Come on, dude. "No longer eligible", I mean, what does that sound like? They pulled the plug, dude.
Jim Davis: No, no. Wh-why? Oh, man, I bet you 'cause it's... I bet you it's 'cause I'm White.
Mike Alvarez: I bet it's 'cause you're a dick.
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Features Life & Times (1998) See more »

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Return of the Tres
Written by Ivan Scott Martin, Alex Martinez, and David Thomas
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Unflinching film set in L.A. which informs and tests your ideas of the world we live in
27 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Christian Bale is an actor who is never orthodox. His string of films have in general been breaking moulds and testing his own ability, and more often than not you leave the cinema thinking that you had seen something special.

Having revived the Batman series and out-Lynched David Lynch in "The Machinist", he has now tackled the troubled life of a war veteran who is trying to find a job in order to be able to settle down so he can marry and bring over his wife from Mexico. Alongside him is his best friend who is also in the same situation of finding a job but this time in order to satisfy his frustrated working wife. As always nothing goes as easily to plan.

The two lead actors end up struggling through job rejections, life, gangs, drugs and drinks, and also the struggle to move on from their carefree lifestyle when they were young. Responsibility is a difficult option for the pair of them. The problem is exacerbated by Christian Bale's character's flashbacks and hauntings to the war, which add a frightening and unstable edge to his character.

The film overall takes us on an unpredictable journey following the two men questioning ourselves what we would do if we were in their shoes, and watching the pair of them acting and opting for what they do can be unsettling. Acting is great, direction is interesting and you will not be disappointed. If you like Crash, then in some ways this is in the same vein but not alike to the movie. I thoroughly was interested and enjoyed this movie, and if you want a thought-provoking film then this is definitely for you.


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