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Justice (2004)

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Carter (Roger Guenveur Smith) is a fed-up public defender who decides to take on the corrupt system the only way he knows how. He sets up a law office in the inner city and begins organizing and activist group in the hopes of exposing the dishonest powers that work behind the scenes. There are those who like the system the way it is, however, and they make Carter's mission a dangerous one. His girlfriend, fearing for her two small children, is reluctant to follow him into the depths of the city's malfeasance, and Carter is learning that making a serious difference in the world might come at a hefty price.

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Cast

Anna Maria Horsford
as Chief Public Defender Poole
Allen Hamilton
as Judge Bennett
David Simmons
as Off. Hegg
Jason Lausche
as Off. Anderson
Clyde Lund
as Judge Arthur
Kat Carrol
as Yvette
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Critic Reviews for Justice

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Already a master of the objective eye, Ramos uses her unobtrusive camera to uncover the frustrations inherent in a vastly imbalanced society where hope is scarce and the future is dim.

October 19, 2006 | Full Review…
Variety
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Justice often moves painfully slowly, and so does Justice (Justiça), a documentary by Maria Ramos about low-level criminal courts in Brazil that at times might be mistaken for an unedited video feed from a courthouse security camera.

October 19, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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With its unobtrusive visual style, Justice plays like a near-parody of documentary objectivity, subtly suggesting the malleable nature of 'truth,' both in the courtroom and the movie theater.

October 17, 2006 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Despite its outsize ambitions, Evan Oppenheimer's independent feature is generally low-key and likable, thanks mainly to a talented cast.

April 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

Though director Oppenheimer has a nice comedic touch, an achronological structure and distracting vignettes thwart the film's emotional designs.

April 27, 2004 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

Cinema verite look at the criminal justice system in Brazil. Distinguished by its ability to examine class society without being heavy-handed.

October 19, 2006 | Full Review…
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