Just Mercy

Just Mercy


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Powerhouse performances by Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson make Just Mercy, based on a remarkable true-life story, riveting. But beyond that, “this film is inspirational, giving hope that the world is changing for the better” —Harvey S. Karten, Big Apple Reviews. After graduating from Harvard, young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) 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, 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 in what was to become a history-making battle for justice. Winner of the National Board of Review’s 2019 Freedom of Expression Award. PG-13. 136 Min.