Just Mercy

 (229,274)7.62 h 16 min2019X-RayPG-13
A powerful true story that follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his battle for justice as he defends a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence.
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Destin Daniel Cretton
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Michael B. JordanJamie FoxxRob Morgan
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Drama
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English [CC]
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Tim Blake NelsonRafe SpallO'Shea Jackson Jr.Karan KendrickBrie Larson
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Gil NetterAsher GoldsteinMichael B. Jordan
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The Movie GuyReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The opposite of poverty is justice
The film is based on a true story that takes place in Monroeville, Alabama. Be sure to visit the Harper Lee Museum as you leave town. Johnny Lee (Jamie Foxx) was convicted of the murder of Rhonda Morrison. The conviction was based on perjured testimony. Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) is a Harvard lawyer and is in town to defend the poor and bring justice to death row cases. He believes Johnny Lee is innocent and attempts to get his conviction overturned.

Jamie Foxx gave us a great performance. Brie Larson demonstrates she can do something other than parade around in a tight costume. Michael B. Jordan was fine, but I can only think about how Denzel would have done it better.

I am a sucker for films based on true civil rights stories.

Guide: No swearing, sex, or nudity in this prison film.
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Ann DorganReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The truth hurts
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1 out of every 9 people on death row are innocent; this is a crushing statistic and Just Mercy brings to light this injustice through one powerful true story of one innocent man and another who cared enough to do something about it even if it may have cost him his life too. Leaders like Bryan Stevenson (the lawyer character) are rare to find and I'm wondering why Bryan isn't in politics because God knows we need him.
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Mrs. WalterReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2020
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Phenomenal!!!
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Superb!!!! Acting was phenomenal!!!! Jamie played a very convincing Ray Charles, but his portrayal of Walter McMillan had me experiencing all kinds of emotions. I couldn't tell it was acting. He totally embodied the character. Michael B. Jordan... outstanding!! Definitely his best performance by far and the performance of the year by any actor!!! I'm calling it now. Two Oscar's please for these gentlemen. Excellent writing, excellent casting, excellent everything!! Can we just get it over with and give them every oscar already? Thanks!
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LLReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lord Have Mercy on Us ALL!
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Great movie. Revealed some harsh realities about Alabama and what stands true as of this date. You can be convicted based on speculations or no relevant evidence at all. Not sure if things will ever change with the mind sets of some people in Alabama and some other States. Some still believe in segregation and that there is a difference between blacks, whites, and other races. It's a sad truth. I just pray that people with limited mindsets will develop a real relationship with God and come to know we are all Gods children and He loves us ALL! . When you truly have a relationship with God there is no color. Nor can you simply judge someone's character by the color of their skins.

It's people who don't believe in God nor authorities in all races.

In heaven there will not be a black ,white, Latino or any other sections. One big celebration together. I serve the Creator of the Universe and He created all mankind and He wants us to all to love, be honest and extending a helping hand to ALL.
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DanielReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not a very good script
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While Jordan and Foxx were good as usual, that's about the most I can say about this film. It's intended to be inspirational obviously but you have to question the day to day obstacles presented by the white guards, when those same white people suddenly extend the smallest of kindnesses when a black man is being ushered to the death chamber. Are they intermittent or casual racists?

As for the script, moments like a hardened convict saying, "he's old, you're ancient", followed by a shared hearty laugh among hardened inmates, or in referring to the lawyer fees, "you had me had a free!", followed by a good laugh was pretty hollow at best. The emotional support given to Herbert who is about to be executed, "just breathe, we with you" felt contrived; no you're not going anywhere near the electric chair with him. Generally, just a very shallow script.

It was also sad to note that the biggest victim in the entire saga had no voice at all, not even in the closing epilogue. The brutal and personal death of Ronda Morrison might not have a place in the heart of the movie, but the silence that ignored her death was tragic and deafening.
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Carl SchultzReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Satisfying, But Lacks Narrative Punch
“Just Mercy” Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, 136 Minutes, Rated PG-13, Released December 25, 2019:

Based on an actual case and adapted from attorney Bryan Stevenson’s memoir “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” the new motion picture “Just Mercy” is the story of Walter McMillian, an independent tree cutter and pulpwood worker arrested and imprisoned in 1987 for a murder he did not commit. All evidence today points to the conclusion that McMillian was unjustly imprisoned mostly because of his race--he was a black man in a predominantly white community.

In November 1986, eighteen-year-old Ronda Morrison, a Caucasian dry cleaning clerk in Monroeville, Alabama, was murdered at her place of employment, shot several times from behind. Walter McMillian, an African-American man with no prior felony convictions, was arrested for the crime in June 1987 despite a solid alibi and a dozen or so witnesses who placed him elsewhere at the time of the crime. Instead of being placed in a holding cell at the local jail, McMillian was sent immediately to Alabama’s Death Row in Holman State Prison...and remained there for fifteen months, awaiting trial.

McMillian was eventually charged with Morrison's murder in a two-count indictment, and awaited trial still imprisoned on Death Row, as if conviction and a death sentence were a foregone conclusion. A motion for a change of venue was denied without reason, and after a trial which lasted only a day and and half, a jury of eleven whites and one African American convicted McMillian of murder and recommended life imprisonment. The judge, a man named Robert E. Lee Key, overruled the jury’s recommendation, and sentenced McMillian to death. McMillian spent the next six years on Death Row, awaiting execution.

In 1988, 28-year-old attorney and Harvard Law School graduate Bryan Stevenson formed the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center in nearby Montgomery, and took up the task of appealing McMillian’s case. Stevenson charged that the state suppressed evidence and denied McMillian due process of law, and demanded a new trial.

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a screenplay adapted by Andrew Lanham and the director himself, “Just Mercy” turns out to be an earnest and well-balanced courtroom drama, augmented by solid performances from a talented cast led by Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, and an almost unrecognizable Brie Larson. The drama seeks to avoid scenes which might be expected in the wake of pictures from “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1962 through the somewhat similar fact-based “Brian Banks” in 2019, and eventually builds to a richly satisfying conclusion, but ultimately lacks the narrative punch that might’ve turned the picture into a modern classic.

Playing Stevenson, rising superstar Michael B. Jordan carries the picture’s heart as the young attorney taught since childhood to “always fight for the people who need the help most.” Jordan’s good in the role, but is never quite able to convey the sense of simmering moral indignation and righteousness conveyed in the Academy Award-winning performance of Gregory Peck in 1962’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Instead, Jordan maintains a sense of detachment and distance, even as his own civil rights are being violated by the bigoted lawmen of 1980s Alabama.

In a sort of extended cameo appearance disguised in a curly brown mop of hair as a legal assistant to Jordan and manager of his Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center, Brie Larson seemingly seeks to remind viewers that prior to her career as a Marvel Comics superstar Captain Marvel she was an Academy Award-winning actress in such hard-hitting dramatic fare as 2015’s “Room” and the 2017 adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir “The Glass Castle.” Like Jordan, Larson’s performance is good...but it’s ultimately tough to get past the knowledge that it is a performance.

The best performance in “Just Mercy” is contributed by Jamie Foxx as the unjustly imprisoned Walter McMillian. Never relying on a sympathetic characterization or attempting to simulate pathos, Foxx plays McMillian as a man hardened by the legal system, physically beaten but not broken, no longer allowing himself the luxury of any dream other than to maintain his dignity and die with courage. Only after months of legal interactions with Jordan’s idealistic Stevenson do Foxx’ eyes betray an unfamiliar emotion: Hope. If Michael B. Jordan provides the heart of “Just Mercy,” the Academy Award-winning Jamie Foxx supplies its soul.

“Just Mercy” is receiving excellent reviews from the critics, including an approval rating of 82% from Rotten Tomatoes and 68% from Metacritic. Audiences polled by CinemaScore assign a rare grade of A-plus to the picture. Released on Christmas Day in a limited pattern to only four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, the picture was expanded on January 10 into 2375 theaters across the United States and earned some $2.66 million at the box office, capturing fourth place in the Box Office Mojo Top Ten behind “1917” in first, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in second, and “Jumanji: The Next Level” in fourth.

Monroeville, Alabama, where “Just Mercy” is set--and where the actual events described in the picture took place--was the childhood home of authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee, and the inspiration for fictional Maycomb, Alabama in Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The connection to Lee’s novel and its film adaptation are referenced a number of times throughout “Just Mercy,” and provide a more heartbreaking coda to Lee’s iconic American drama than her own “Go Set a Watchman” did when published in 2015.

“Just Mercy” is rated PG-13 for thematic content and language, including some racial epithets.
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Stephanie ChanceReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
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Highly recommend!!
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EXCELLENT movie!!!! Loved it!!
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NessReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
EVERY HUMAN BEING SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE!!
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EVERY HUMAN BEING SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE IT IS A FACT BASED MOVIE REGARDING THE UNFORTUNATE INJUSTICE THAT IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE WITHIN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. HOWEVER, WHAT THE devil MENT FOR BAD IN GOD'S TIME WILL USE FOR THE GOOD OF HIS PEOPLE!!! "You ultimately judge the civility of a society not by how it treats the rich, the powerful, the protected and the highly esteemed, but by how it treats the poor, the disfavored and the disadvantaged." Bryan Stevenson " For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, LORD, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me." Matthew 25:25-40
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