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To date, James Purefoy has had a wonderful career. He first came to my attention in 2001's A KNIGHT'S TALE where he made the most out of a secondary role as Colville. Then, I remember his chewing scenery as Marc Anthony in HBO & the BBC's stellar "Rome" series. Then, I saw him in the US-ignored SOLOMON KANE - a theatrical adaptation of Robert E. Howard's legendary pulp character - and, while I can admit the picture had some nominal flaws, it became clear to me that, if justice were served, Purefoy was destined for some greater things. Still, he's toiled in relative obscurity; hopefully, INJUSTICE will correct that.

William Travers (played by Purefoy) is a barrister who's given up on big-city law after suffering a mental breakdown upon learning that he successfully represented a criminal responsible for a heinous accident. Instead, he prefers representing petty criminals from his home in rural Suffolk. However, when a past friend accused of murder asks for his representation personally, Travers begrudgingly agrees ... but what he eventually uncovers will push him to his psychological limits, forcing him to question what he personally believes in.

So far as the story is concerned, INJUSTICE is a bit of an anomaly. It isn't easily classified. It's one part police procedural, one part legal thriller, and one part character drama. There are several different storylines revolving around the main plot; yet all of them congeal on the premise of what justice in an unjust world looks like. Granted, there are elements here which appear to be circumstantial as they're revealed, but, as the investigation unfolds, the audience finds out how interwoven this shared reality of theirs truly is.

It's all acted brilliantly by Purefoy and his thematic counterpoint, DI Mark Wenborn (Charlie Creed-Miles). Creator Anthony Horowitz constructs a massive one-two punch by having two seemingly separate stories collide - Travers conducts his own discovery into his friend's murder charge while Wenborn is drawn closer to the elusive identity of a cruel assassin. Both leads are hell bent on seeing justice served in whatever form they can achieve, and, it becomes clear that - even though Travers and Wenborn may be curiously complicit in bending the rules - we're supposed to either agree or identify with them at some point. The audience may not like where their respective method delivers each man, but don't be shocked to realize you may be rooting for the wrong `good guy' before all is said and done.

Also, actress Sasha Behar has some nice moments as Travers' legal `sidekick', actress Dervla Kirwan gets time to shine as Travers' dutiful wife, and Nathaniel Parker will have you thinking twice as the man accused of murdering his pretty young secretary.

INJUSTICE is a television miniseries (five 45-minute episodes) produced by Injustice Films. DVD distribution (stateside) is being handled through Acorn Media. Picture and audio quality are exceptionally good as they are both used to tremendous effect in spinning a yarn with flashbacks and `psychological' episodes. I'm comfy admitting that I had some problem accessing the Episodes menu, but I was able to bypass it by selecting the `Play All' option. The only special feature is a collection of production photos; granted, it would've been nice to have some actor, writer, or director commentary on the nature of psychosis or mental breakdowns - a subject near and dear to the main plot - but, alas, it wasn't meant to be.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. While INJUSTICE may be a bit slow for some viewers' tastes, I only thought the first hour dragged a bit. Some of that was due to the narrative structure of the piece - there are two parallel tales on the nature of `justice' versus `injustice', and, as a consequence, there are two sets of pieces that need to be placed in motion. By the conclusion of the second hour, it's very clear where the tale is heading and how the storytelling devices work. Then, INJUSTICE clearly becomes a slowly simmering meditation on how the justice system can corrupt even the most cautious, right-minded individual, so much so that it may rot him to the core, though others might be hard pressed to see it.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon July 10, 2012
Anthony Horowitz created, wrote, and produced this mini-series. It's a psychological thriller with layer upon layer of subplot, reminiscent of a best-selling novel. Horowitz was responsible for Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, and much more. It was his name that caught my attention and inspired me to watch this 5-parter. It is really a 3 ¾ hour movie. It's great on DVD so you can begin at lunch and watch through till dinner (or supper till bedtime). But don't expect to be able to sleep immediately after watching this mind-twisting series. Whenever you start episode one, you'll not be able to stop watching till the end.

SUBTITLES provided for DVDs. TV airing June 2011
Episode 1: Defense Barrister Will Travers (James Purefoy-`Dance to the Music of Time') moves to the Suffolk countryside. Nice scenery, but too much action and flashbacks to enjoy the setting very long. Wife Jane (Dervla Kirwan) teaches to boys in a juvenile detention facility. Will is troubled over a violent past, exposed slowly via the flashbacks. His old friend Martin (Nathaniel Parker-`Land Girls') is arrested for murdering his lover/secretary (Jayne Wisener). Solicitor Miss Chandra (Sasha Behar) asks Travers to take the case after refusing murder defense for 2 years following a breakdown. Murders multiply. DI Wenborn (Charlie Creed-Miles) investigates with a grudge. He's ordered around by a nasty cop boss (David Schofield-`Land Girls' `Pirates of the Caribbean' `Blue Murder'). Multi-plots revealed.
___ 2: Travers gets the facts from his accused friend (but more there in the relationship to discover). And he recalls his night with the murdered Lucy (brief nude shot). He also explains his laptop disappeared at the same time, hardware owned by Qestrel Oil. A connection to the murder? Travers is stalked. Jane gets impressed with a lad's writing. Why was animal activist Spaull killed? Execution as DI Wenborn thinks? Wenborn's a man viewer's soon hate. Mental illness?
___ 3: `Agadir' begins to pop up in the wrong places. Wenborn's wife is arrested about the time he learns Travers has past case connections. Jane learns why her writing student is imprisoned. Prosecution barrister played by Nick Dunning (`Iron Lady' `Tudors').
___ 4: Murdered Lucy had form. Wenborn bullies a suspect about a gun. Again Wenborn looses control. There is a suicide now in the mix.
___ 5: A journalist's story becomes evidence. Qestrel Oil is involved. There's another attempted blackmail in this dramatic, dark, disturbing conclusion. Seems London law finds its own methods of justice.

Excellent, pieced together like a mystery/suspense novel with a not-the-normal end. One would expect no less from the greatness of Anthony Horowitz. The ending was left open enough for the possibility of another psycho-shot series of INJUSTICE. Let us hope
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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 03-11-13
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on September 11, 2012
This is a gripping story where several threads are interwoven into a satisfying mystery yarn. I really like James Purefoy, and the rest of the cast is also excellent.
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on September 25, 2012
I was so pulled into this great story. I've always loved British drama and was not disappointed by this film! The story is very involved, but always easy to follow and really keeps you riveted to the screen! You feel strongly for the characters and the way the twists and turns are played out, and the way it ends, just magnificently done! I highly recommend this! And if you aren't a James Purefoy fan, this will give you a nice introduction to his presence on screen, his depth and character! He truly transforms.
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VINE VOICEon January 27, 2013
I've got to admit that I got this without even knowing what it was about because James Purefoy is in it. This was not his most impressive hour (because of the character, not his acting), but it was okay.

The formula is typical British soap opera style where you have all these seemingly unrelated characters and plots going on that converge at the end. There is a big reveal and the viewer let's out a sigh of understanding and awe of brilliant, creative story-telling - except that it's not all that brilliant. I generally like the formula and am usually delightfully surprised. However, not this time. There are things that weren't wrapped up, which leads me to wonder if that was done purposefully to leave room for a part 2. There were questions about what was real and what was fantasized as part of a nervous breakdown. Much of it was predictable. Worst of all is the big speech at the end that tells us what happened. Ugh! Did we go all that way for that?

Still, it's a lot better than what American TV is producing these days. Given that, I'd say it was a worthwhile effort, but not great. If you like British tv, you will probably find it at least okay. If not, you will probably find it slow and predictable.
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on May 2, 2016
I have watched several shows on English TV and really liked them. Given that, I subscribed to Acorn and watched his show. I found the story line interesting enough to get me through all five episodes, although I didn't find it gripping--that was enough for a 3-star review. But then I go to the ending and found it so trite and a letdown, costing my rating another star.
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on September 25, 2012
For all James Purefoy fans this is a MUST SEE! Mr. Purefoy does an excellent job portraying barrister William Travers in 'Injustice.'. If you loved the HBO Rome series, Ironclad, or Solomon Kane, you will see Mr. Purefoy in a new dramatic role and character that certainly won't disappoint any viewer. Very nicely pieced together thriller that I enjoyed watching from beginning to end. In fact, the entire cast I thought was brilliant. When it comes to the UK, they certainly know how to make and create a TV series, not to mention the countless films that are so overlooked here in the US like Solomon Kane and Ironclad. I wish we had more TV and films like this in the US. Mr. Purefoy gets a 5-star from me on this one!
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on May 10, 2016
Well, well now, what do we have here? We have a gifted barrister who gave up a lucrative career for a quieter, country seashore life. But not so fast...the twists and turns, not to mention surprise endings of each and every episode, make this more intriguing than an O'Henry novel! Who is on the right side of the law and who is not? Well, in this series, it is often difficult to tell. Even when the supposed "bad guys" are revealed, I found myself championing their causes and logic! Twisted indeed! Excellent acting layered with enigmatic plots...murder mystery meets dramatic thriller! The lead character, Barrister Travers, played by Jame Purefoy, invokes a range of emotions from the viewer...sympathy, confusion, anxiety, and....wait for it....respect and empathy! Deliciously indulgent! I loved every minute of it!
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on May 19, 2016
So far I really like this. Amazon has pulled Episodes 2 and 3, due to "licensing agreements". They were there 2 days ago because I had gotten partway through Ep.2, but had to leave. Just tried to bring it up again and it's not available. Nor is Ep. 3.

I'm just going to skip the series until I can watch all the episodes. 5 stars for the show itself, 1 star for pulling the two middle episodes.
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