Summary: After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.
Starring: Andrene Ward-Hammond, Brie Larson, Claire Bronson, Damon Vance, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Drew Scheid, Jamie Foxx, Kirk Bovill, Michael B. Jordan, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rafe Spall, Rhoda Griffis, Rob Morgan, Steve Coulter, Tim Blake Nelson
Director: Destin Cretton
Runtime: 136 min
A cultural phenomenon, Just Mercy is an astute depiction of racism. By virtue of its proper pacing, raw emotion, and stellar performances among Jordan, Foxx, and Larson, the film is a hard-hitting home run whose pure genius makes its digestion difficult yet necessary. The well-written script further aggrandizes the film’s overall sentiment, which will leave audiences spellbound when leaving the cinemas.