Based on a true story, Just Mercy tells the story of a young lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, (played by Michael B. Jordan) who has just graduated from Harvard Law School. But, instead of taking a lucrative job at a prestigious law firm, Stevenson decides to go to Alabama and work for a non-profit organization trying to defend men convicted of murder and waiting for execution on Death Row.
As you can imagine, the racism and corruption of the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office is horrific. Stevenson believes he can make a case that can free Walter “Johnny D.” McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx), a man convicted of murdering a white girl. The case moves back and forth in time. We see part of the action that shows Johnny D. could not have committed the crime. But, the White Establishment believe they have convicted the Right Man so Stevenson has to try some audacious tactics to change the legal game.
Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson make up the talented cast. If you’re looking for an inspirational movie, Just Mercy certainly qualifies. GRADE: B+