Summary: Witty, brutal and literate, 'Justified' makes for compelling television.
It should probably be noted that at Cinemas Online we weren't fortunate enough to have seen the previous two seasons of 'Justified', so reviewing the third series was somewhat daunting.
while the recap on the DVD did little to help identify some of the characters, the strength of the writing and the efficient nature of the TV medium in such capable hands allowed for 'Justified' to be an easy show to pick up and get stuck in with.
We follow a wisecracking, strong-willed but also occaisionally vulnerable US Marshall named Raylan Givens. He's played by Timothy Olyphant who did so well in a similar role in the shortlived western show 'Deadwood', of which this owes a little to. There's a similar mix of vagabond, down-and-out characters to contend with - all of which are steeped in sin.
As season three opens, Raylan is recovering from a shootout that left him wounded and due to his weakness a few new villains (two great character actors: Neal McDonagh and Mykelti Williamson) have attempted to form a stranglehold around Harlan County.
More than just a sassy cop show ala 'The Rockford Files', 'Justified' has some serious writing chops: the series is based on the short story 'Fire in the Hole' by crime novelist Elmore Leonard ('Jackie Brown', 'Out of Sight').
On the extras side of things, there are nine commentaries, outtakes, deleted scenes and a few featurettes. More importantly, spread across three DVDs, the third season contains the following episodes:
If any of you have seen the 2002 documentary 'Lost in La Mancha', you'll know just how much director Terry Gilliam has struggled to bring his film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' to the big screen. Ill cast members and set destruction led to his Johnny Depp-led nearest attempt being scrapped before shooting could be completed, but now it looks like the 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' filmmaker will get another shot.
Oscar winner Jon Voight isn't happy. In fact he's 'more than angry'. The 'Mission Impossible' and 'Coming Home' star has given fellow Oscar winning actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem a dressing down in an opinion piece he wrote for The Hollywood Reporter.
Dave Legeno, the 50-year-old actor best known for playing werewolf Fenir Greyback in the later 'Harry Potter' films, died while hiking in California. It has now been revealed that he died while in Death Valley.
Actors included Jason Statham, Paul Dano and Michael Fassbender, musicians included Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams and writers included 'Philomena' Oscar nominees Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan.