Eventually, loyalties are tested and betrayals confirmed, familiar terrain for such rugged genre territory. However, Hard Times values this progression as something more than churning plot gears. Hill is genuinely interested in the way men express themselves non-verbally, or through short bursts of dialogue. This is especially true when it comes to Cheney, who expressed to Speed in one key early sequence, “I don’t like to rush things.”
Glenn Heath Jr.
June 22, 2013