Movie Narrative: Harsh Times (2005)

The captivation of moving pictures is a source of tremendous inspiration.  For this reason and many more, RB28’s Movie Narratives, continues showing its love for movies with another movie narrative.  This week, Harsh Times (2005), will be converted into a narrative and subsequently highlighted.  It is implied that the blog reader reads the movie narrative, and then, he or she watches the movie.  The effort is to give the blog reader, an enhanced experience.  RB28’s Movie Narratives, ends this movie narrative of Harsh Times (2005), with some Hollywood facts.
             Harsh Times (2005) is rated R.  Furthermore, it is 1 hour and 56 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the action, crime and drama genre.  The official release date is November 10th, 2006.  The release date is for the Country of the United States of America.  The director was David Ayer.  The writer was David Ayer.  The officially recognized stars were Christian Bale, Eva Longoria and Freddy Rodriguez.  The list of the 15 most important cast members is as follows:
  • Christian Bale (Jim Luther Davis).
  • Freddy Rodriguez (Mike Alonzo).
  • Eva Longoria (Sylvia).
  • Chaka Forman (Toussant).
  • Tammy Trull (Marta).
  • J.K. Simmons (Agent Richards).
  • Michael Monks (Agent Hollenbeck).
  • Samantha Esteban (Letty).
  • Tania Verafield (Patty).
  • Noel Gugliemi (Flaco).
  • Adriana Millan (Rita).
  • Geo Corvera (Wilo).
  • Cesar Garcia (Listo).
  • Terry Crews (Darrell).
  • Emilio Rivera (Eddy).
             The synopsis follows.  Harsh Times (2005) is a crime drama movie out of the City of Los Angeles, U.S.A.  Additionally, it is a fascinating story about life, and, the mistakes that one makes in life.  A young man named Jim Davis, is experiencing nightmares from his days as a U.S. Army Ranger.  Furthermore, the woman that he loves is in Mexico, and, he is unable to bring her to the U.S.A.  Davis is still friends with someone from his childhood.  This man’s name is Mike Alonzo.  Furthermore, Alonzo is married to an attorney, but, he has trouble maturing and becoming a responsible married man.  The bond between the two is very evident as they drive around the City of Los Angeles together, drinking beers.  Davis wants to be a police officer, for the Los Angeles Police Department.  Unfortunately for Davis, all of the mistakes that he commits on a daily basis, start to accumulate.  He is not accepted to become a police officer, for the Los Angeles Police Department.  However, he is accepted to join a law enforcement program with the Department of Homeland Security.  Regrettably, all of his mistakes and bad behavior are on the table.  For Alonzo, all of his mistakes add up, and, his wife throws him out of their home.  Finally, all of the mistakes Davis commits in his life add up to a crucial drug smuggling, and subsequent sale, of 20 kilos of marijuana.  The sale goes terribly wrong; Davis has to confront the mistakes that, he commits in his life.  Director David Ayer does a good job, directing this movie.  The scenes were; Davis and Alonzo drive around the City of Los Angeles are memorable, and, captivating.  Furthermore; David Ayer, as the writer, does an equally good job in writing the dialogue for the interaction between Davis and Alonzo.  The officially recognized stars contribute tremendously.  Their interaction brings their scenes to life, and, those particular scenes become memorable.  Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez merit special recognition.  Their respective characters successfully hold, and, keep your attention throughout this movie.  Overall, this movie earns the rating of 7 out of 10. 
            The movie narrative of, Harsh Times (2005), is as follows.  Davis, or Jim; is sleeping in the backseat of a car, and, he is having nightmares about his time as a U.S. Army Ranger.  Furthermore, he is in rural Mexico, and, he is visiting a woman that he loves.  The woman’s name is Marta, and, they talk about obtaining a visa so that Marta can live in the U.S.A.  Davis returns to the City of Los Angeles, and, he goes to see his friend Alonzo, or Mike, at his house.  Alonzo’s wife is named Sylvia, and, she is an attorney.  Alonzo was going to go out to find a job.  However, he decides to spend the day with Davis.  Davis is driving, and, they start the day by drinking in the car while driving.  Furthermore, Davis wants to be a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department.  They go to an LAPD station to pick up a letter.  Through the letter, Davis learns that his application was rejected by the LAPD.  Furthermore, he becomes extremely angry.  After Davis calms down, Davis and Alonzo decide to continue drinking beer.  They buy more beer, at a store owned by Koreans.  Davis starts to change, and, he is becoming a super asshole.  Davis and Alonzo decide to steal marijuana from a drug dealer that, sells it on the street while standing on the sidewalk.  They successfully steal the marijuana, and, start to smoke.  Davis feels that, he wants to have sex with a woman.  Furthermore, he goes to visit, or see, a Mexican woman named Letty.  Alonzo waits in the car.  Letty has a sister named Patty.  Furthermore, Letty tells Davis that, she is dating someone.  Letty’s current boyfriend arrives, and, Davis runs out.  Patty tells her current boyfriend that; Davis was just here, and, that he ran off.  Patty’s current boyfriend is named Flaco.  Furthermore, Flaco is able to catch Alonzo.  There are 3 more people in the car with Flaco.  The group starts to beat up Davis, when Alonzo arrives to help.  Alonzo gives Davis his gun, and, the situation changes.  With the gun in his hand; Davis calms down the group, and, he starts to steal everything that they have.  Cocaine was one of the things that, they stole.  Davis and Alonzo stop, in order, to use cocaine.  They also find an expensive 9mm hand gun.  Additionally, it becomes another thing that, they have stolen.  Davis and Alonzo return to Davis’s apartment, and, continue drinking.  Davis receives a telephone call from the Department of Homeland Security.  He is told that; he has to report the next day, in order, to start testing for employment.  The next day, Davis goes to Alonzo’s home.  Furthermore, he starts to prepare to cheat on the urinalysis test.  Davis starts by drinking vinegar.  They drive off together.  Davis stops to be able to inject fluid into his penis, in order, to cheat on the urinalysis test.  Davis successfully takes the urinalysis test in the presence of, Agent Richards.  After Davis is finished, at the Department of Homeland Security, the two pass the day drinking beer.  They also go to see a Black man, named Darrell.  They try to sell him the 9mm hand gun that, they have stolen.  However, Darrell doesn’t buy the hand gun.  After having seen Darrell; Davis and Alonzo go to a sleazy Mexican bar to see a man named Eddy.  They try to sell the 9mm hand gun to Eddy, but, Eddy is murdered in front of them.  Alonzo returns to his house.  His wife, Sylvia, knows that he spent the day drinking, and, they have a fight.  Sylvia throws Alonzo out of the house, and, he spends the night with Davis.  Davis is informed that, he is a candidate for a job with the Department of Homeland Security.  Alonzo interviews for a job with a man that, he knew when he was a child.  Davis and Alonzo re-unite, and, they start to drink beer.  One day passes, and, Davis has to take a polygraph test.  Davis is informed that, he didn’t pass the polygraph test.  Furthermore, that they found marijuana in his urine.  Davis is offered a different job or assignment.  Davis is asked if, he wants to go to Columbia to be an advisor in Columbia’s war on drugs.  The assignment is considered to be an anti-narcotics program.  Davis accepts the job or assignment.  Davis and Alonzo start to drink beer, and, drive.  Alonzo is driving, when the police stop them.  It turns out that, the police officer is someone he knows.  He is also told that, another friend named Toussant is back in town.  Davis and Alonzo go to see Toussant.  Furthermore, they sell him the 9mm hand gun.  Davis, Alonzo and Toussant decide to improvise a trip to Mexico.  The group arrives in Mexico, and, they spend the night in the car.  The car is parked in front of the house/shack of Davis’s woman.  Davis’s woman is named, Marta.  Furthermore, the group passes time in Mexico forgetting, their lives in Los Angeles.  One night; before the group’s planned return to the U.S.A., Marta tells Davis that she is pregnant.  Davis explodes in a violent rage, and, almost kills Marta with his gun.  Alonzo stops the violent incident, and, Marta runs away.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  The group returns to the U.S.A.  It results that, Davis secretly smuggled 20 kilos of marijuana.  Davis and Alonzo try to sell the marijuana immediately.  You have to watch, to know how, the attempted sale of the marijuana is a complete failure and catastrophe.  Finally; you have to watch, in order to know, how this movie ends.
            The movie narrative of the feature film, Harsh Times (2005), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The country of origin is the United States of America.  The official languages are English, Spanish and Korean.  There are other notable release dates.  The other notable release dates include the following:  Canada, September 11, 2005 (Toronto International Film Festival); UK, August 18, 2006 and Spain, March 30, 2007.  There are 5 filming locations, in total, for this particular movie.  The filming locations are:  Castaic Lake, Santa Clarita, California, U.S.A.; Baja California, Mexico; Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.; Santa Clarita, California, U.S.A. and the Country of Mexico.  There is box office data, for this particular movie.  The original budget is estimated at, $2 million USD.  The opening weekend for this movie is August 18, 2006, and, for the Country of the UK.  On its opening weekend, this movie made £281,609 GBP.  This movie is closed in theaters, on December 8, 2006.  The gross profits that, are reported, are $3,335,839 USD.  The production companies are Andrea Sperling Productions, Crave Films and Harsh Times.  There are several distributors for this particular movie.  Seven of these distributors are; Bauer Martinez Studios (U.S.A.), Metro Goldwyn Mayer (U.S.A.), Pathe Distribution (UK), Roadshow Entertainment (Australia), The Weinstein Company (U.S.A.), Nordisk Film (Sweden) and Splendid Film (Germany).
            To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was Harsh Times (2005).  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when another movie will be highlighted.


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