Publisher: Acorn Media
First, I’m a longtime fan of screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, best known in the states for his Foyle’s War. Second, I’ve long admired James Purefoy, an actor always on the verge of obtaining superstardom. Third, I’m a huge fan of well-crafted British mini-series that are often equivalent to spending time with a good novel.
When Horowitz’s Injustice
aired on ITV1 in 2011, reviewers indeed saw literary aspects to the five 45 minute episodes. For one matter, it defied easy pigeonholing. Its layered plots and subplots involve elements of legal dramas and police procedurals, but with a heavy dose of atypical character development.
One of the two driving storylines centers on Purefoy as defense barrister William Travers. He’d run to the countryside of Suffolk to deal with minor crimes after he learned he inadvertently got a killer off while he was in a London law firm. Years later, his wife Jane (Dervla Kirwan) is unhappy when Will agrees to take on a new case involving an old friend whom Will hopes is innocent. At the same time, another murder takes place near the Travers’ home, assigned to detective Mark Wenborn (Charlie Creed-Miles). Wenborn isn’t above bending the rules to accomplish “justice” and he slowly becomes certain Travers has something to do with the assassination. Is there a conspiracy involved? And what is Jane uncovering as she seeks out solutions to a mystery of her own
Director Colm McCarthy deftly weaves these stories together as he has to blend flashbacks from the past into three simultaneous investigations with a well-balanced pace. On top of this, the cast all have characters with depth to bring to life. In particular, the simmering duel between the psychologically wounded Travers and the unwavering doggedness of Wenborn is shown not only as two men committed to their cases, but as representing perspectives on the blurry lines of right and wrong in an imperfect legal system.
In short, Injustice is like a book you enjoyed so much, you end up passing it along to friends to encourage them to check it out as well. It would be great if U.S. producers would learn from such series and do likewise. The only weakness is the absence of any interesting extras beyond a rather pointless photo gallery. Injustice is the sort of project that begs for some behind-the-scenes commentary, especially from Horowitz, but no such luck. Ah well, as the characters demonstrate in Injustice, nobody’s perfect. Follow Here To Purchase Injustice - Season 1 - 2-DVD Set ( Injustice - Season One ) ( In justice ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom