With numerous opportunities laid down before him right after he graduated from Harvard Law School, Bryan Stevenson’s (Michael B. Jordan) career is shaping up to be an impressive one. He, however, decides to forgo all of those offers in order to go to Alabama and represent those who cannot afford a lawyer and those who are wrongly accused. There, he meets Walter McMillian (Jaime Foxx), a man who has been convicted of murder despite the lack of evidence. To obtain justice, he must now navigate a world that is inherently against people like them. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.~Phil Griffin
Making Mercy: Producer/star Michael B. Jordan introduces the exceptional crew, whose passion helped turn Bryan Stevenson's story into the film it deserved
Based on a true story and sticking closely to the facts, "Just Mercy" tells the story of an idealistic Harvard lawyer Bryan Stevenson (convincingly portrayed by Michael B. Jordan, who heads a cast that includes Brie Larson, Rafe Spall, and Tim Blake Nelson) who sets up office in Alabama in the late 1980s to appeal death row convictions. One of his first cases involves the dubious conviction of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), whose case becomes a lightning rod for the systemic racism of American justice as it is applied to Blacks in the south. The film eschews the kind of melodramatic trappings common to this kind of "legal thriller" (there are no fiery courtroom histrionics or surprise confessions on hand), but that only serves to emphasize the maddening injustice of what was perpetrated by the state against an innocent man. In this age of social protest against the unequal application of the law following the deaths of several Black Americans across the country, "Just Mercy" couldn't be timelier or more compelling.
Appreciate what those before fought for us to have
Owned for 8 months when reviewed.
Inside look at the cold hard truth and the way people were treated, back then, and the man who fought to change a nation.
Not saying there aren't biased views in every movie, but this reminds me, so much had to be fought to get for different cultures, that we truly do not have any appreciation for, that we need to.
Important insight into our criminal justice system
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
I first saw this as an inflight movie. As a lawyer who has spent most of his career in various parts of the criminal justice system, including prosecution and criminal defense work, the movie reached me in ways the general public might not understand.
I saw this on Netflix disc rental and knew that this was a must have for my collection.
Acting, script, direction were all worth the 5 stars.
Michael B. Jordan did an excellent job in this role and made it very believable.
The disc 'extras' about the real people this story is based on was worth the watch.
Very few movies of this caliber under an "R" rating come out each year, so when one like this does comes out - it is a real treasure.
This movie is Brutal!!! It's the sad reality of how racism won in the Courts. How The death penalty was already set in place before determining if a man was guilty or not. Im not gonna lie I cried alot!! The actors are excellent!! The first Black lawyer from Harvard whom is working for free to help his clients overturn the death penalty and possibly have a retrail to their cases for freedom.