Mike Alvarez: How was it like to straight up whack em up ?
Jim Davis: Point and shoot. Pop, pop - move on! You do not stop and think.
Christian Bale stars as an ex-Army Ranger with some serious issues, in a film directed by the writer of Training Day.
Bale is Jim Davis, he is searching for work in the LAPD and drives around town with his buddy Mike, played by Freddy "El Ray" Rodriguez, who is also looking for work.
These two are born and raised in South Central, LA and it shows, but Jim has desires to get a good law job and marry his girlfriend who lives in Mexico. Mike on the other hand lives with his girlfriend Sylvia, played by Eva Longoria, and is basically slumming it while looking for a job, despite his girl pestering him to do it quicker.
What these two do get done is a lot of driving around town and getting into stupid trouble involving drugs, alcohol, and guns.
Throughout the film, we also see what Jim is suffering from after serving in the military. This leads to a finale that is almost out of place, but appropriate enough.
While the story is nothing to original or hard to understand, it is made better because of Bale. Being an actor, who in real life has a very thick Welsh accent, it is impressive again and again to see him take a variety of different roles, and here is no different.
Rodriguez is also pretty good, but a little too fiery at times, which is more a fault of the script. Longoria serves her purpose, which is just about all she needs to do, besides look good. There is also a third friend that shows up in the film that I only could have wished was played by John Leguizamo.
The look of the movie works. It is done all with digital camera, which is easily apparent and does justice to having people actually driving around in LA. There are also a few trippy visual moments, which almost seem to take a page from the Tony Scott handbook.
The movie basically works, with Bale making things better, so good enough.
Sylvia: You're crazy and you're dangerous and my biggest nightmare is you with a fucking badge!