Jim Davis has a few problems. A war veteran from Afghanistan, Jim has seen people butchered and has done a little killing himself. He now lives in Los Angeles and hopes to get his Mexican girlfriend to the U.S. so they can get married. Jim is a gringo that is only friends with Hispanics. He isn’t afraid of them either as demonstrated when he puts a few bullets in a group of them. What else is a disgruntled war vet with extreme post traumatic stress syndrome supposed to do when he can’t get a job?
Are Jimmy and Mikey more than just friends?
Jim’s best friend is a little Latino guy by the name of Mike Alonzo (played by Freddy Rodriguez). Mike's pair of family jewels aren't nearly as big as Jim's. After seeing an old Mexican in a bar get stabbed in the throat with a broken bottle, little Mikey becomes very traumatized and disturbed. Jim, on the other hand, becomes very excited about this event as if he had just won a bowling tournament. During the end of Harsh Times, the men's friendship is challenged with a series of disturbing and violent events courtesy of Jim‘s minor mental problems. After all, Jim is a soldier of the apocalypse and Freddy is just a little Latino that lives off of his sugar mama.
Harsh Times is a surprisingly brutal, violent, and even nihilistic film. Christian Bale’s performance in the film is one of his best. It is a shame that both this film and Bale’s performance have been buried under a pile of other Hollywood garbage. Seeing as films featuring Hispanic Gangsta's and other degenerates are so popular, Harsh Times should be notorious for fans of such material. I guess having a white guy as the toughest character in the film and actually having a well thought out film doesn’t go too well with Cholos, Wiggers, and other homeboys.