The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist

DVD - 2014
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Will Burton is a junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm, who specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. Much to the aggravation of his courtroom rival, Maggie Gardner, Will has never lost a case. His talents acquit serial killer Liam Foyle of murder, and it is only a matter of time until Foyle kills again.


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Apr 10, 2019

This movie really brings out a discussion about integrity, honor, manipulating, how the law in itself can be used for good or bad, the difference between incompetence and competence, how far a person will go to find vigilante justice, and how anyone can justify anything to oneself. It also reveals the break down of the justice system and actually gives you a feeling of what a judge goes through in giving a verdict based on the justice system and when they know what the truth is. At the end of the movie I wanted to discuss it with another person who has watched the movie but had no one to discuss it with. Like a debate. The movie was recommended to me by another and like they recommended me watching it I would recommend the movie to another. Well worth watching if you want to get your brain ticking.

Nov 06, 2018

I enjoyed this one but would probably have enjoyed it more if I had not finished LIne of Duty Series 4 the night before. I like David Tennant but he was better in the 3 Broadchurch series. Yeah, the plot was a bit implausible but hey, it's tv. Lots of tv shows have implausible stories or plots. Three episodes was about the right number.

Sep 30, 2017

Similar to the Lincoln Lawyer.
Well acted.

Jun 18, 2017

As many people have commented before me, the plot is really implausible. Right at the start they say that David Tennant's character has never lost a case. Oh come on! Then there is a killer on the loose, his wife feels in danger but does nothing to safeguard herself. And more of that in a similar vein. This is SO insulting to the audience. It doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. Waste of talent all round.

Aug 18, 2016

Excellent three part series. Recommended watching!

Jul 23, 2016

A waste of talent, David Tennant, and a waste of time on an implausible plot that grew more unlikely the longer it went on. The ending is just ridiculous

Jul 13, 2016

Another good BBC production. I enjoyed it.

Jan 18, 2016

Enjoyed it but ridiculously implausible....

Jan 16, 2016

The written law, the twisted law versus justice. An excellent drama that makes you reflect on the rights and wrongs and vanity of professionals.

Jan 12, 2016

A British courtroom drama with a vigilante twist. Escape Artist is full of tired writing designed to drag out this two-hour story to three hours, or to get it to the point where the viewer is supposed to believe that the law is useless and murder is justified. Edited to Add -- some ask why it matter that a TV show is inaccurate. Because some viewers think it's a comment on the justice system breaking down. Just look at the comments on this thread! SPOILERS BELOW: For example, why does a hot-shot barrister, who has never lost a case, never consider that a defendant might make bail, and prepare for that possibility? Why does this same barrister and two people he should not legally be meeting with, choose to meet in a public shopping mall, not just once, but multiple times? Why should a defense insinuation that the DNA evidence is contaminated (a defense that should have been disclosed to the prosecution) enough to throw out all of said evidence, without a prosecution rebuttal? Why was the improperly disclosed evidence of the boots enough to force the judge to order the jury to give a "not guilty" verdict, instead of simply declaring a mistrial and starting again? Why didn't the highly experienced prosecutor know it was improper evidence? And on and on, including: why the child with convenient amnesia?

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Nov 25, 2014

Will: We may dislike Mr Foyle. We do not have to like him to defend him. I don't do things for exposure. Why then? Everyone deserves a defence.

Nov 25, 2014

Will: It's all right. No! It's me, it's me, it's me.
Maggie: Jesus. You were half a second away from an eye patch.
Will: He claimed his innocence and I spoke for him. I lawyered him out of it, that's all.
Maggie: Mr Burton, when a jury convicts, is it beyond all doubt? Is... Is that the term?
Will: Reasonable doubt. Beyond reasonable doubt.
Maggie: Now let's have a think about what might be reasonable ...


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