This is a terrific American rewrite of 'Criminal Justice', a BBC mini-series broadcast in 2008. Given the dreck that infests television in the US, I didn't expect much from it. Boy was I wrong! This version is far superior to the British one, hard as that might be to believe. The dialogue is perfect, especially when delivered in John Turturro's native Brooklyn accent. The supporting actors are outstanding, and some scenes (e.g. Jeannie Berlin's cross-examination of the defendant) are just plain wonderful. As in the original BBC version, the justice system itself is the main protagonist and the writers here have nailed it, from the police precinct to Rikers Island to the courts. Not to be missed.
A sharp and engrossing (if at times infuriating) effort, and Riz Ahmed's performance is one of my favorites of the year.
Great series and waiting for more! I know the series ended as it should have but the story was so compelling, I was wanting to see more. Love the actors, writers and everyone involved. Turturro's character's issues were unnecessary and overblown for the plot but still enjoyable. About as close to a true story as you can get, in my opinion.
underlit, but otherwise superb. Highly recommended.
I found Part 1 a bit hard to get through. Afterr that, the mystery is gripping, the look at the justice system from all sides is interesting and for me, st times, shocking, and John Turturro is excellent in his role.
Thrilling, novelistic journey into the legal system. At first I had a "prove it to me" attitude, because the plot its taken from a British TV show, not an original idea. But the writers (Richard Price and Steve Zallian) create a whole other American world around the bare bones of the plot, and do it so well, that I can only give them kudos.
A must-see for John Turturro fans.
You know I have really mixed feelings about this series- it took me a while to get into it, and it was when John Turturro's character enters the picture that things begin to get interesting. The series is wildly uneven in plot and acting. There are some really amateurish actors and some peak performances by some real pros- like Turturro who is outstanding. The story feels like it's better at exploring undercurrents of what is going on- so there are some real subtleties- plopped right next to some things which are quite cliched. So a mixed bag- and yet it drew me along right until the end. Interesting and thought provoking.
This series has been rated 18A by the Canadian Home Video Rating System. That means It is considered unsuitable for people under age 18. Parents are strongly cautioned that the video will likely contain explicit violence, frequent coarse language, sexual activity and/or horror.
I didn't realize, until reading a comment here, that this HBO series was based on a British original. HBO did a great job with it, but I'd love to see the original for comparison, as I usually find the Brit's version best. Nothing wrong with this one, though. Well worth a watch.
“Do I look like a reporter?”
“Print, maybe. On camera, no.”
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