Harsh Time is an appropriate American tragedy. The performances are stellar, from Freddy Rodriguez and Christian Bale, as two losers who need jobs, despite their destructive nature. Bale plays Jim Davis, a haunted PTSD stricken Gulf War veteran with a drug problem, and his friend Mike needs to get a job to satisfy his girlfriend Sylvia. The movie is almost like a glimpse into their gritty life, and ends on a rather anti-climactic note, as if it needed to be tragic to have heft. But the performances are worth the viewing for this interesting drama film.