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Jack Taylor: Set 2

Acorn Media // 2013 // 280 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 7th, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson went to a Halloween party as a drunk hard-boiled Irish detective one year.

Editor's Note

Our review of Jack Taylor: Set 1, published June 6th, 2013, is also available.

The Charge

Brit grit.

The Case

Jack Taylor: Set 2 follows the Irish hard-boiled detective (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones) as he roughs up some cretins in search of the truth. A disgraced police official, Jack has since opened his own detective agency, fighting crime draped in an old police coat and with a young protégé by his side.

Three feature-length mysteries on three discs…

• "The Dramatist"
A young woman is found dead and she may have connections to a heavy-duty drama class being taught at the local university. What appears to be a suicide soon takes on a more malicious angle and Jack's investigation digs up increasingly disturbing aspects of the case. Meanwhile, Jack continues to do battle with his own personal demons, struggling to keep away from alcohol and trying to figure out how to involve his sidekick more. Needless to say: he encounters enough bad stuff during these 90 minutes to make the drink appealing.

• "Priest"
When a not-so-lovable priest gets decapitated, Jack is brought into to dig around the circumstances of the attack, Turns out, the priest was a legendary dirtbag and deserved to have his head separated from his torso, but he depth of his derangement spawned more than a few potential murder suspects and untangling everyone's past histories proves to have dire, personal consequences for Jack and his friends.

• "Shot Down"
Attempting to bounce back from the shocking events of the previous installment, Jack heads for Dublin and happens to meet a young girl who had just witnessed the brutal murder of her mother. These bizarre circumstances intersect with an investigation into disputed among RV-hopping travelers and Jack finds some manner of fulfillment in his pledge to protect the damaged girl—at all costs.

All good stuff. Jack Taylor is a flawed character, bordering on antihero, but Iain Glen is magnetic in his role and ever the badass. The subject matter is dark and edgy, but never feels overly nihilistic. It helps that the mysteries themselves are distinct and absorbing. Worth a few nights of your time for sure.

The DVDs: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, a 20 minute interview with the director, and photo galleries.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 90

Perp Profile

Studio: Acorn Media
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 280 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Crime
• Drama
• Foreign
• Mystery
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Interview
• Galleries

Accomplices

• IMDb








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