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    "Just Mercy"

    REVIEW: Just Mercy a poignant, haunting reflection of nation today

    Adapted from lawyer and activist Bryan Stevensons memoir and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Just Mercy is a timely legal drama that brings tears and anger to every viewer. It is a moving true-life story that will remind the viewer of how little progress we as a society have made since the real-life case of McMillian v. Monroe County, Alabama. It is a reminder of the shackles that bind the marginalized, and in a world where black men are shot by white cops every day, it is a poignant and haunting reflection of the state of our nation today.

    Monroe County, Alabama, 1987. Local tree feller Johnny D. McMillian (Jamie Foxx) is arrested by a battalion of white cops for the murder of white teenager Rhonda Morrison. Years after his arrest, kind-eyed but distrusting McMillian is sitting on death row when he meets fresh Harvard Law graduate Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan).

    Stevenson just moved to the county to defend death row inmates who are unable to acquire adequate legal aid. Initially, McMillian sends Stevenson away, claiming that there isnt anything he can do, but Stevenson refuses to quit, heading down to Monroeville where he meets with McMillians entire family. He instantly falls in love with them, and promises to bring McMillian home. Thus begins the struggle of one man to bring justice to a silenced inmate.

    Foxx and Jordan excel as McMillian and Stevenson. Jordan gives Stevenson a naive but calm demeanor that makes the audience feel like nothing can trip him up, and Foxxs McMillian is a soft-spoken but wary inmate whose lack of faith in the justice system has hardened him. The chemistry between the two is heart-warming and brings light to an otherwise dark and heavy film. The audience is rooting for the pair, loudly voicing their approval or lack thereof at each courtroom decision.

    At the culmination of the film, sniffling and scattered cheering is heard around the theatre. For such heavy material, the viewing experience is incredible, and that is thanks to the work of Foxx and Jordan.

    Crettons film feels like a Best Picture winner, and the lead performances feel like Best Actor nominees, but in a world that is so similar to the one that McMillian and Stevenson fought in more than 30 years ago, it shouldnt be surprising that the film received exactly zero nominations. Cretton, Foxx and Jordan are only three people snubbed in a list that goes on for days. Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyongo, Awkwafina, Song Kang-ho have all been snubbed as well, and Lulu Wang was left off the Best Director list with Cretton.

    With a script by Cretton and Andrew Lanham that is straight-forward but beautiful, and moving ensemble performances from Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson and Rafe Spall, the film leaves viewers contemplating the state of society. With the #OscarsSoWhite controversy trending on every social media platform, I think its safe to say that the state of society isnt looking good.

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    Just Mercy,' movie about systemic racism, made free to watch in June

    Just Mercy, the powerful legal drama about a wrongfully convicted African-American man on death row, has been made free to watch this month by Warner Bros.

    The movie can be streamed on digital platforms through the end of June, free of charge, the studio announced Tuesday.

    We believe in the power of story, Warner Bros. said in a statement. Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society.

    Just Mercy" premiered last December and stars Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillan, the incarcerated Alabama man hes working to free.

    The film is based on the 2014 memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Stevenson, who created the Equal Justice Initiative.

    The Just Mercy announcement amid the nationwide protests that followed the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, in police custody in Minneapolis in May 25.

    Just Mercy was the first studio film to employ the inclusion rider, which ensured members of underrepresented groups would be considered for jobs both on and off the screen.

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    I would highly recommend this film. Jamie Foxx and Michael Jordan are incredible (Foxx's performance is up there with Django and Collateral) and it's a fascinating story that's told really well. You may not agree with some of the general messages of the film but I think it's definitely worth a watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLR View Post
    I would highly recommend this film. Jamie Foxx and Michael Jordan are incredible (Foxx's performance is up there with Django and Collateral) and it's a fascinating story that's told really well. You may not agree with some of the general messages of the film but I think it's definitely worth a watch.
    I am an hour in to it right now.
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