Just Mercy

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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 had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, 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.


  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Brie Larson
  • Rob Morgan
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Rafe Spall
  • O'Shea Jackson
  • Karan Kendrick
  • Drew Scheid
  • Steve Coulter

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

When watching this movie, I felt so many emotions. I felt sadness, love and empathy. Sadness that these events occurred. I was angry cause I knew that our justice system let johnnie D down and angry that I was not fazed that they did. Movies like these burn something in the soul. Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan did an amazing job playing these two prominent figures.

Balraj S
Verified Review

This should be a requirement for the world to see. This was not a movie that was based on a story from the 60s or before that. If Injustice happened in the 90s. The emotion that was conveyed was beyond words. Jamie Foxx and Michael b Jordan did a fantastic job. Award-winning

Shauna J


Dec 11, 2019

The needless cruelty of the criminal justice system feels like a world begging for more sense-making, but Just Mercy only sees its characters as heroes, victims, or obstacles, not as rational beings who might have their own reasons to knowingly commit terrible acts. Cretton’s desire to focus tightly on McMillian’s case makes sense, but he accidentally makes the white malefactors in the town more fascinating for their villainy.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Sep 8, 2019

A straightforward biopic ... The film's edge is somewhat dulled by respect for its subject, who's drawn here as more hero than man.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 8, 2019

Although conventional in its approach, the film is a forceful reckoning of a broken legal system.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily