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3.0 out of 5 stars An Injustice, but for the wrong reasons..., 15 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Injustice [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 16 Jun 2011 22:31:50 BDT
A customer says:
Good review! I think I liked the series quite a bit better than you, more notably I felt just the other way around-I found the first parts to be a bit too erratic yet formulaic, while I took a particular liking to the unusual and bold ending. But the quality of a good review is that you can agree with what it says even if you disagree with its conclusion, which is the case here. So thank you for actually giving your readers an idea of the programme. This kind of review is all too rare on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2011 08:10:01 BDT
Hi Daniel! Thank you very much for your nice comments (even if we disagree! :) ... I think (hang on, better put a *******SPOILER WARNING******* before I continue).... I think I was disapointed in the ending, as it didn't really live up to the premise. I thought that the title referred to something more than simply the injustice of a guilty man walking free (again). This had already happened earlier in the series (with the same result -- Travers killing them), so was no great revelation in the final act (the premise had already been fulfilled earlier on).

I thought the title was going to be an ironic (rather than literal) one. It seemed to be heading that way, as why else create a policeman who was so vile? It would have been more of an "injustice" to me, if Travers had successfully cleared an innocent man -- this time around -- only to be arrested on his way out of court (therefore setting up a second series, with Travers defending himself). It all felt very contrived (to me): the first killer gloating about killing the innocent boy, and the second suddenly becoming a paedophile -- simply to make Travers into the hero. I'd have preferred it if he'd killed purely out of professional embaressment -- therefore (like in The Wire) making the line between good and evil very difficult to define (do you side with the bully of a cop -- who is a terrible family man, but basically on the side of good) or with the nice (dedicated to his family) Lawyer (who has a side that is pure evil?))

Anyway, just thought I'd explain why I said those things in the review more clearly (I couldn't really say them up there without letting the cat out of the bag!) ... Thanks again for your comment; so many people give you bad votes simply because they disagree with your verdict -- rather than the review itself.

Posted on 19 Jun 2011 10:17:42 BDT
Surely the final twist was not the second guilty person getting oiff but how the dual killer escaped justice despite the polce hunt closing in throughout the middle episodes
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