A powerful and thought-provoking true-story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. 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 (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who 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.
This movie (and the book by Bryan Stevenson) was one of the best movies I have seen in the last year. It was inspiring and gut-wrenching and horrifying, but it was so powerful too. To see the tireless fight for justice and freedom of a wrongfully convicted man on death row by questionable circumstantial evidence, pinned on a man because of the color of his skin, was exhilirating.