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Just Mercy

Published April 11, 2020

Just Mercy

Film info

  • Title Just Mercy
  • Director Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 2hrs 16m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline Every generation has its hero. Meet ours

A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley. One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian, 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. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political manoeuvrings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds - and the system - stacked against them.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:42You can’t arrest someone for running their own business.
9:35Once the kid has a law degree, they really should be able to do what they want without momma’s blessing.
15:19Don’t totally understand the set up here, federal funding but he can’t pay her and why he doesn’t have a place to stay. But it probably doesn’t matter.
20:33“Money run out, he run out.”
30:59Rafe Spall is doing a passable accent, I was expecting worse!
33:13Epic point and shoot camera.
37:20God, it doesn’t make sense that they are ALL his alibis and that’s still not enough.
49:53“Maybe people will stop trying to kill us when they realise how charming we are.”
56:46Oh, it’s the smugness though. PUNCH THEM.
1:05:08“When people care about a thing that much, they’ll do anything to get what they want.”
1:10:14Trees dancing in the breeze is a lovely image/sound.
1:21:46It’s just actual barbarism.
1:34:47He’s a smart lawyer. Not panicking.
1:37:46“It’s never too late for justice.”
1:47:56Holding on to the truth is all you got.
1:52:47Are you allowed to take TV cameras in prisons?
1:56:38He said “the people of this county” but he meant “the white people of this county.”
2:03:01“Well, y’all made my job easy today.”
2:08:50Who took Herbert’s picture next to the chair? THAT’S AWFUL!

Thoughts

It’s hard to describe this movie. It’s powerful, awful, perfect. Jordan is great as the lawyer who is doing great work but remains humble. Foxx does a good turn of wronged but realistic, quiet but all the more moving for it.

The story is terrible, of course, but not surprising which makes it worse. This one has a happy ending but so many didn’t or don’t. And the startling error rate fact at the end is sobering to say the least.

Rating: 5 / 5

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