Based on a 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.


Review

The story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) is a story certainly worth telling, his fight to right the injustices handed out to blacks on death row in the American South makes for an interesting if not exactly overly spectacular watch.

Jordan and Foxx are good in the two main roles and just about help to lift “Just Cause” above feeling like a standard television movie.

Bryan Stevenson’s efforts for those on death row might not have been ordinary but unfortunately that’s exactly what “Just Mercy” is.

3/5



Just Mercy (12A)

2h 17m


UK Release: Friday 17th  January 2020
US Release: 10th January 2020