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Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 January 2020 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcus A. Griffin Jr. ... Charlie
Michael B. Jordan ... Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx ... Walter McMillian
Brie Larson ... Eva Ansley
Rob Morgan ... Herbert Richardson
Tim Blake Nelson ... Ralph Myers
Rafe Spall ... Tommy Champan
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Anthony Ray Hinton
Lindsay Ayliffe ... Judge Foster
C.J. LeBlanc C.J. LeBlanc ... John McMillian
Ron Clinton Smith ... Woodrow Ikner
Dominic Bogart ... Doug Ansley
Hayes Mercure ... Jeremy
Karan Kendrick ... Minnie McMillian
Kirk Bovill ... David Walker
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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 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 (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. Written by Gregg Brilliant

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some racial epithets. | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$13,612,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,612,643
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1.85 : 1
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This film marks the third collaboration between Tim Blake Nelson and Brie Larson. They previously starred in Hoot (2006) and Don Jon (2013). See more »

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Solid performances and a competent screenplay keep you engaged
30 December 2019 | by Albino_HyenaSee all my reviews

If I was to list this film's greatest strength, that would be its ability to pull you into the characters' situation and feel their sense of frustration at the injustice they face. The film opens with one man being aggressively arrested for a crime he didn't commit, then transitions to a young student visiting prison for the first time, where he meets a peer who turns out to be more relatable than expected. From there, the audience sees how these men are driven, what they're fighting for, and how it effects their lives as well as the community around them.

Michael B Jordan, as usual, was fantastic. He did a great job portraying this young idealist who, despite being Harvard educated and possessing solid evidence, finds himself unable to make the difference he originally thought he could. Jamie Foxx's performance was also great; he displayed genuine vulnerability and emotion as this embittered, beaten-down (but still somewhat hopeful) man in a cruel world.

I had no issues with the technical aspects of this movie; they didn't do anything special nor did they do anything wrong. This being a legal drama, the script might feel a bit predictable to some, and some of the dialog/speeches seemed a bit too grandiose for real life. There are a few scenes, especially the two montages set to music, that felt a bit cliched, but this movie also has two particular sequences (which I won't spoil here) in the second half that are very effective and powerful.

Overall, this is a well-made and well-acted movie adapted from a pretty important true story, so I would recommend it to anyone interested in criminal justice or simply anyone who enjoys cinema made with a purpose. *P.S, don't watch the full trailer; it showed way too much from the third act of the movie. I don't count that against the film itself, as the marketing team is separate from the cast and crew, but I just wanted to warn people.


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