Dir: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson
A powerful and thought-provoking true-story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. 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 (Academy Award-winner Brie Larson.) One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Academy Award-winner 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. From acclaimed director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), this film provides an emotionally powerful and human story.
★★★★ “IT DEMANDS THAT YOU BEAR WITNESS” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
★★★★ “PROFOUNDLY MOVING” – New York Post