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Injustice [DVD] [2011]
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
To begin with, Injustice was the best British drama I've seen in a long time. It features James Purefoy (who was great as Mark Anthony in Rome) as William Travers -- a former star lawyer (with a murky past) -- recovering from a nervous breakdown in Sussex. It also stars Charlie Creed-Miles, as Mark Wenborn -- a repulsive (though thoroughly believable) police detective. When he gets the scent of a lead, Wenborn gradually starts hounding Travers, and unearthing the skeletons in the lawyers closet (as the latter reluctantly agrees to take on another high profile murder defence). The pacing seemed fantastic, the acting (including Derlva Kerwin as Traver's wife) was quality, the lack of melodrama (in the age of Luthor and Spooks) was impressive and the overall tone of the drama was (an increasing rarity for TV drama outside of Scandanevia) mature.

I don't know what went wrong, really. It felt like the series had been rushed from about halfway in, as it degenerated into simply being an average drama (with the same over-the-top plot twists that you see everywhere else today) ... I won't give the game away, but surely they could have come up with a far better ending? It felt like they were adding twists simply for the sake of it -- to make things more... "dramatic"! There wasn't even a proper confrontation between the pair of them; it simply fizzled out (in fairly ludicrous style!...)

With a little better plotting in the second half, this series could well have been one of the best of the year. It's such a pity, really, as the two lead characters were totally captivating and it was all set up so well. It is worth watching if you didn't get chance to see it on TV; it's just not (in my opinion) as good as it could have been.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I am not a keen fan of the five day episodes in a week as they always start at 9 and then clash with five other shows (Chicago Code, etc) This has been an exception.

Thoroughly enjoyed the drama. Creed Miles, James Purefoy and the rest of the cast have all been first rate. There are tons of red-herrings, of course, as with all crime dramas. I was fairly happy with the ending.

Not sure I can totally believe James Purefoy's character and his '100% certainty of innocence when taking cases'

Wenborn (Creed Miles) has been superb as the 'out of control / bad tempered / willing to do some dubious deals to get his man' detective. Would have made for an interesting crime drama in its own right.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2011
I have to disagree with the other reviews on the site as i found this this drama absolutely superb. I did not watch it on t.v and as it is a bit long spent two evenings enjoying every minute of it. The end blew me away and like all of Mr horowitz previous work, i can highly recommend this drama. No one can get it 100% right, but this is near on it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have to admit I almost stopped watching the series about half way into the watch. It was dragging and the storyline seemed boring, But I gave it another try, and by the end of episode one, I was a believer.

James Purefoy plays William Travers he is a good looking defense lawyer, lives in Suffolk and has a lovely family. Though on closer inspection, all does not seem right. It seems he has had a recent breakdown. A recurrent nightmare leads to the death of a man, though it takes two episodes to get us there. William's wife is teaching literature at the local boys reformatory, and has a special student that she may mentor.

Then there's DI Mark Wenborn, played by Charlie Creed-Miles who had a colleague who was crooked, and, now Charlie's a mean man, not liked by anyone. He has his eyes on Travers and that can't lead to anything good.

One of Willam's old school friends has been arrested for murder, and he has requested William as his barrister. This means William will need to return to London, the scene of his breakdown. Most of the story is told in flashbacks, and it is interesting, indeed, to look at the evidence and clues as they accumulate. This has turned into a well planned and laid out series. They may want to look at the first half of episode one and beef it up, it almost lost me.

Recommended. prisrob 03-29-13
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2011
Great drama with a Barrister heading back into murder defence. As you watch the episodes you become more aware as to why he left defending murderers and then the ending is quite surprising.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2011
Read other reviews before I purchased this and was definately not disappointed - It kept us riveted one Saturday afternoon with the rain pelting down outside - The acting and story line with all its twists and turns forced us to watch the whole dvd at one sitting - excellent
Rory Baulk - Cape Town - South Africa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
But definitely Anthony Horowitz.

While you could call Foyle's War, first to last, "Justice", the most uncompromising sort available on television, this one turns it all inside out.

Our Hero is a man who lives day-to-day with parody-justice, the sort where people laugh in your face when you the barrister get them off a murder charge. He needs a child's ruthlessness to jerk him out of the spell. The question is: is it injustice or justice that he overcomes?

Superbly dramatised (I particularly liked the "Ipswitch" cop), and subtly plotted (the two or three tactical cliches seemed unaccountably fresh), Injustice goes lightly where even Dexter heavily treads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
this is one of the finest acting performances that I have ever seen.James Purefoy is superb in this role,one feels every emotion with him.Brilliant!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2013
I Will watch this again and again. Thrilling and full of suspense - not the ending you would expect though
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2011
I was really looking forward to watching Injustice after thoroughly enjoying the writer's previous 5 day series Collision a couple of years ago. I was v disappointed. Collision was deftly scripted and cast, but Injustice had none of the subtlety.

The narrative seemed v clumsy. It was obviously designed to create hooks to hold the viewer but the connecting storyline was dull and forced. The construction and slow reveal just didn't work for me.

One of the main problems was miscasting. There was no energy in James Purefoy's performance: no sense of wanting retribution or fearing his demons. He just seemed to sleepwalk through the show. Similarly, Dervla Kirwan's breathy, sexy style didn't fit the part of a high flying publisher with do-gooding tendencies. I think ITV tried too hard with 'name casting' with these two. Charlie Creed - Miles was excellent as the policeman - an example of the less well known actor being able to convince.
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