Just Mercy

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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 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.

Cast

  • Brie Larson
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Rafe Spall
  • O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Claire Bronson
  • Darrell Britt-Gibson
  • Rob Morgan
  • Drew Scheid

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  • Based on the book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson.
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Metacritic

60
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
Slate
70
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
70
Sep 8, 2019

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

Metacritic review by Wendy Ide
Wendy Ide
Screen International