PG-13 | Amazon Prime | 2h 17m
Released in December of 2019
SUMMARY: A movie based on the true story told in the book, “Just Mercy.” It tells the story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael Jordan), who works to overturn the wrongful conviction of a Black American man named Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx).
McMillian was convicted, and sentenced to die, for the murder of a white woman, Ronda Morrison, though there was absolutely no evidence that linked him to the crime. The movie’s main story is about Stevenson and McMillian, but addresses the larger issue of the mistreatment of people of color by the American legal system.
The movie, like the book, shows us the humanity of these people who have been wronged. The movie will break your heart, but give you hope too.
KEY QUOTE: “Your life is still meaningful, and I’m going to do everything I can to keep them from taking it.”
BONUS: See our review of the book Just Mercy (which we highly recommend as well) where there is an interview with Bryan Stevenson linked at the bottom of the review.