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Injustice

Release Year:         2011
Studio:         Acorn Media
Format:         Colour; NTSC; Widescreen
Rated:         Not Rated; Contains violence, some strong language, disturbing images
# of Discs/Episodes:         2 / 5
Running Time:         223 minutes
DVD Release Date:         August 28, 2012
Creators:         Anthony Horowitz
Screenwriters:         Anthony Horowitz
Directors:         Colm McCarthy
Actors:         James Purefoy, Charlie Creed-Miles, Sasha Behar, Dervla Kirwan, Robert Whitelock, Obi Abili, Kirsty Bushell, Adam Grant, Lisa Diveney, Nathaniel Parker
DVD Features:         SDH subtitles
E:Top Picks Rating:         10/10

Acorn Media Write-up:
Created by Anthony Horowitz (“Foyle’s War”, “Midsomer Murders”) INJUSTICE offers a tale of murder, conspiracy, secrets, and guilt. James Purefoy (“Rome”, “Episodes”, and opposite Kevin Bacon on FOX’s forthcoming series “The Following”) leads a distinguished cast featuring Dervla Kirwan (“Ballykissangel”), Charlie Creed-Miles (“Five Days”), and Nathaniel Parker (“The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”) in this taut five-part thriller that merges legal drama, police investigation, and high-tension suspense in an atmosphere of moral ambiguity. INJUSTICE was broadcast on ITV and DirecTV in 2011.

Purefoy plays defense barrister William Travers, who has fled London murder trials to the peace of the Suffolk countryside with his family. He is called upon to defend an old friend in a homicide that may be much more than it seems, even as death strikes close to home and he becomes a target of investigation himself.

Besides “Foyle’s War”, BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Anthony Horowitz’s other credits include “Collision”, “Agatha Christie’s Poirot”, “Midsomer Murders”, and “Robin of Sherwood”. He also wrote the most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, “The House of Silk” and the hit “Alex Rider” book series.

Jon Ted Wynne Review:
On the DVD cover of INJUSTICE it says, at the top of the box before the title, “From the creator of Foyle’s War”. That tells you something. The brilliant writer Anthony Horowitz, whose work on “Midsomer Murders” as well as “Foyle’s War” renders him one of the finest writers of television drama working in the industry today, provides a powerful script that is intricately plotted and perfectly balanced, sustaining its drama and tension right up until the end of the five episodes.

Led by James Purefoy, who will be familiar to audiences for a number of fine performances (and by this reviewer for his excellent portrayal of Beau Brummell), the acting is spot-on all the way down to the smallest of roles. This includes an essentially silent performance by a child actor who factors into the story in a way that will not be revealed here. Possibly the most interesting performance is by an actor not yet as well known, at least in North America – Charlie Creed-Miles – who plays a very colourful, hard-nosed investigating cop who crosses paths with Purefoy’s haunted lawyer William Travers. Also worthy of notice is Nathaniel Parker as the old friend of Travers’ who desperately needs his counsel in a murder trial.

The twists keep coming fast and furious in each of the five parts, each episode ending with a moment of revelation that keeps you watching in rapt anticipation of the next “wow” moment.

There isn’t a flaw to be found in the execution of this superb drama which draws upon the best of legal and police dramas to fuel the story. Horowitz shows (as he has so often done in the past in his other work) that an intelligent script that keeps the audience guessing is the best drama there is. The violence is minimal (though a little gory) and there are no car chases in sight – just realistic, high-octane drama produced and performed to perfection.

James Purefoy is a great leading man, capable of portraying strength and vulnerability in equal measure. It must be remembered that he was highly touted to be the next James Bond, losing out to Pierce Brosnan initially, then later to Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale”. At the same time, Purefoy is outstanding in period pieces and one can only surmise that there is virtually no limit to his considerable acting range.

Brilliant script + Excellent leading man + solid production values and supporting cast = INJUSTICE. It will be a crime if you don’t watch this one.

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