Just Mercy

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Just Mercy dramatizes a real-life injustice with solid performances, a steady directorial hand, and enough urgency to overcome a certain degree of earnest advocacy.

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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

Michael B. Jordan
as Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx
as Walter McMillian
Brie Larson
as Eva Ansley
Rob Morgan
as Herbert Richardson
Tim Blake Nelson
as Ralph Myers
Karan Kendrick
as Minnie McMillian
Rafe Spall
as Tommy Champan
O'Shea Jackson, Jr.
as Anthony Ray Hinton
Rhoda Griffis
as Judge Pamela Bachab
Darrell Britt-Gibson
as Darnell Houston
Steve Coulter
as Judge Buren
Elizabeth Becka
as Mrs. Franklin
Claire Bronson
as Mrs. Chapman
Tonea Stewart
as Mrs. Coleman
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  • The kind of film that poses the question, "Is it OK to be preachy if you're doing it for a very good cause?"

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    TheWrap
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  • Strong performances, especially by Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Tim Blake Nelson, help make the message a movie.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Yet Jordan and Foxx take the little material they're given and play it as deep as possible, turning in memorable, eventually gut-punching performances.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As a celebration of what it takes to eke out justice in a broken system, it's a welcome return to formula.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • There's too little anger and dirt and fear in this story.

    Sep 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This is Jordan and Foxx's show, and the duo has terrific acting chemistry - even when "Just Mercy" stretches on a bit longer than maybe it needs to.

    Sep 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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