"Injustice" originally aired over the span of one week on British TV back in 2010, running in one-hour installments. Starring James Purefoy as William Travers, the miniseries' protagonist and Charlie Creed-Miles as less morally pure foil, DI Mark Wenborn, "Injustice" has little going for it to set it apart from any superior mystery miniseries on either British or American television screens. It's five-part, one-week structure hamstrings it right out the gate, as Travers and Wenborn work the same case, with Wenborn tackling not-so-cleverly mysterious personal demons along the way in an attempt at finding true justice.
As the mystery of both Wenborn's past and the investigation into the murder of farm worker John Jarrold unfold at a very slow rate, viewers are asked to stomach stretches of obvious time padding and swallow a heaping spoonful of intertwined circumstances on the way to a resolution that should wrap itself up nicely, but instead self-implodes in an attempt to throw an eleventh-hour curveball at any logically minded watcher. Simply put, "Injustice" has a very clear idea of what it wants to do at first, but by refusing to convey its story to viewers in three-fourths the runtime, it settles for being a very mediocre mystery offering.
Fortunately, both Purefoy and Creed-Miles bring generally strong performances to the table, with Creed-Miles stealing the show as the eventually reprehensible detective obsessed with closing a case no matter the cost. It's a very familiar story on the surface, but in the series' one instance of a slow-burn being the proper decision, the (de)evolution of Wenborn is infinitely more fascinating than Travers' predictable character reveal and the hackneyed connections his personal life have on the case. Still Purefoy, manages to be a watchable lead and in lesser hands, it would have been tough to make it past the first few episodes at all.
It's a shame "Injustice" was locked into the five-episode format, as it has tons of promise written all over itself. Production values are noticeably high, not as cinematic as "Sherlock," a much superior British mystery miniseries, but definitely a peg or two up from the generic TV look of most programs. The story itself when stripped of obvious padding, ridiculous coincidences and ultimate conclusion could have something entering in the realm of "must see." "Injustice" instead will fade into obscurity, a curio only fit for the most fevered genre fans.
The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is nothing spectacular, with muted but still distinct colors and slightly high contrast levels. Detail is more on the average side of the spectrum, with compression artifacts being of minor notice.
The English stereo audio track is relatively flat and dialogue is a mixed tad more softly than desired. The forgettable score does sound surprisingly rich and effects have some distinct life. English SDH subtitles are provided.
The lone extra is a photo gallery.
Despite solid production values and two impressive lead performances, "Injustice" is too bloated and ultimately too ridiculous to be effective. Casual mystery fans should spend their time and money elsewhere and leave this to those who have exhausted the supply of top-tier entertainment. Rent It.