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Jack Irish Season 3

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Jack Irish: Season 3’

Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) is back. Jack Irish Season 3, on Blu-Ray from Acorn Media, reunites him with old friends and brings him back into the dangerous world of private investigation he thought he had left behind. Jack has been trying to settle into the safer world of being a lawyer; dealing with wills and other boring paperwork.

No more worrying about corrupt politicians or cops trying to kill him, no more secretive meetings in back rooms – or so he thought. Then an old police contact, and friend, comes calling in favours. A cop was brutally shot in public – a cop who was about to blow the whistle on police corruption – and Irish’s friend want’s him to discretely look into the matter. 

Jack Irish resists, but eventually agrees. After all it’s only a simple matter of surveillance – how dangerous can that become? Unfortunately for Jack, and everyone else he pulls into the case, it does escalate into something that could very well be the most danger he’s faced in all his years of private investigation. It turns out corrupt police officers will literally stop at nothing to keep their secrets safe.

In Season 3 Jack Irish enlists help from two of his oldest friends, fixer and bodyguard Cam Delray (Aaron Pederson) and his ex-lover, investigative journalist, Linda Hillier (Marta Dusseldorp). Good thing too, because he’s going to need all the help he can get.

While the actual investigation is dangerous physically, it also ends up carrying an emotional toll for Jack Irish. For as he digs deeper into the corruption case he starts to rake up information about his own past – including his wife’s murder.

As usual the cast in this series are excellent. As Jack Irish Pearce is at his best. He brings a naturalness and ease to his performance few other actors can match. There is literally a kind of grace to the way he delivers his lines. Both Dusseldorp and Pederson give equally nuanced performances. The three characters share a complex, and somewhat tangled history, and somehow the actors manage to convey all those subtle connections.

Of course a lot of this is down to the wonderful scripts and great direction that has been the series’ hallmarks since the first episode. No matter what the reason, Jack Irish: Season 3 is a great mystery – one that’s made even better by the very human heart beatin beneath its surface.

About Richard Marcus

Richard Marcus is the author of three books commissioned by Ulysses Press, "What Will Happen In Eragon IV?" (2009) and "The Unofficial Heroes Of Olympus Companion" and "Introduction to Greek Mythology For Kids". Aside from Blogcritics he contributes to and his work has appeared in the German edition of Rolling Stone Magazine and has been translated into numerous languages in multiple publications.

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