"Excellent movie featuring Marlee Matin. She is a fabulous actress. I think folks not familiar with the deaf culture might learn and have a better appreciation for the deaf community."
Close but no cigar
R. Couturier | AZ | 01/31/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Another in the long line of Fahey B movies. BUT...this one was slightly better than the others.
It would have been better if I hadn't known Marlee Matlin's character was ...oops,...almost gave the story away there! Anyway, I caught the giveaway at the very beginning, not subtle enough.
Jeff Fahey simply cannot "do" love, sentimentality, grief, sorrow, any of the emotions that do not involve lots of noise and stunts. He is good at what he does, just limited. What would the PC phrase for that be? Emotively Challenged?
This one had a better plot line, was more organized, has some surprises for the unsuspecting. One of the better Fahey Films that I have seen."
DVD - mystery movie
B. Winifred Latham | Garner, NC | 06/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Justice Fails
Package arrived early and in good condition. This is an old movie which did not get a lot of publicity, but was very good, with a surprise ending."
Starts off strongly but declines into unbelievability
D. Thomas Longo Jr. | Delmar, MD USA | 11/03/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The film starts off strongly with intriguing by-play between two police detective partners. But then they're given a homicide to investigate and things decline from there. The main suspect comes to be a brilliant young female prosecutor, who just happens to be deaf and dumb. The plot unfolds just too fancifully and unbelievably. The characters become ever more cardboardy. A shame, since in the early scenes the film did show promise of being interestingly edgy and taut."
Not as good as it could have been, but still worth watching.
AJ | Delaware, USA | 03/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is a pity, that the scriptwriting on this movie did not match the acting. The plot ( a Basic Instinct lookalike )is in itself very interesting, but it becomes too complex, leaving unnecessary loose ends. If the makers had given the movie another ten minutes they might have had a beter product. Even so, it is a suspenseful thriller that will keep the attention right to the end. Marlle Matlin as the traumatised attorney and Jeff Fahey as the policeman who falls for her are good in their roles, portraying a genuine fondness for each other. This makes the movie in my opinion better than Basic Instinct were the affection between the leads seemed rather shallow and purely sexual. Fahey and Matlin show far deeper feelings which gives When Justice Fails an emotionel depth which most thrillers lack."