Synopsis

A powerful and thought-provoking true-story, "Just Mercy" follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson.) One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx,) who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them.

Director

Destin Daniel Cretton

Cast

Michael B. Jordan
as Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx
as Walter McMillian
Brie Larson
as Eva Ansley
O'Shea Jackson Jr.
as Anthony Ray Hinton
Rafe Spall
as Tommy Champan
Rob Morgan
as Herbert Richardson

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MR_Heraclius 9 /10

Great movie wonderful story!!

Was so hard to watch the police chief and the DA assume that just because you r black u r guilty. Was so impressed by the young black attorney--his drive even though he was subjected to brutality himself. Makes u look at death row in a very different light to be sure that those whom r there r truly guilty. Highly recommend this movie.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 10 /10

Take some of the very negative scores with a grain of salt....the film is amazing.

I saw "Just Mercy" a few days ago at the Philadelphia Film Festival and was blown away by the film....and I consider it to be one of the best movies I've seen in recent years. I could easily see the picture receiving several Oscar nominations---especially for acting. Imagine my suprise when I looked on IMDB and saw a score of 5.6 and some negative reviews! I am not exactly sure what this is all about and perhaps it's because there are some angry pro-capital punishment folks or some who simply hate a film with a mostly black cast. All I know is that the film is a quality production and kept my interest throughout.

The story is based on the work of Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard graduate who chose to move to Alabama and work for a small salary to help examine the convictions of men on death row...men who in some cases were not guilty at all. How could anyone NOT applaud this sort of thing?!

Overall, a brilliantly written film that made me sad and angry....and I love when a film effects me that way. The acting was top-notch, the story magnificent and the writing amazing. Just ignore all the negativity and see this one....you'll be happy you did. As for me, I'd consider this perhaps the best American film of the decade...it's THAT good.

Reviewed by Only_Honest_Review 7 /10

Pretty good legal drama

Based on a true story this legal drama about the wrongful conviction of an innocent black man who's put on death row showcases some powerful performances from its central cast. An idealist young lawyer sets out to prove his innocence and unravels a disturbing plot contrived by the white police department, the prosecutor, witness and even judge to frame an innocent black man as the sacrificial lamb in order to close the case. I found the story oddly fascinating and unsettling. It's one thing if a black man was convicted in a case of mistaken identity but it's racism and corruption of all levels of authority to construct evidence to frame an innocent man for the purpose of closure. Granted Alabama has a history of racial prejudice but this event was not that long ago. The story is very similar to the Hurricane with Denzel Washington. It's a great watch that does drag out the drama in some scenes and I would've liked more emphasis on the legal aspects of the case but overall it was enjoyable.

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