‘Just Mercy’ Movie Review


Kylie Hopkins

From watching the documentary of an eccentric zookeeper in Tiger King to binging the treasure hunt adventure of four teenagers in Outer Banks, tv shows and movies are how many have passed the quarantine time. To entertain everyone at home or tell an important story, movies are what can bring the family together for the night or engross the individual watcher. The next film that should be watched with the free time quarantine presents in Just Mercy. 

Just Mercy is a film based on the true story of the ambitious young lawyer Bryan Stevenson in the 1980s. Portrayed by Michael B. Jordan (Creed), he takes on the case of African-American death-row inmate Walter McMillan, played by Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained). McMillan was convicted for the murder of a young white girl in the town of Monroeville, Alabama. From the beginning of the movie, viewers see how the evidence does not make sense or lead to McMillan, but instead, show the police’s racial bias. The film dives then into the difficult and improbable fight in the courts to get McMillan off of death row and free from prison. 

The movie makes an impact on viewers. It presents a real-life example of racial bias and inequality in the justice system. It was recent enough that many students’ parents and teachers lived through the actual trial of McMillan with the possibility of never knowing it was going on. It deals with important issues that are still being faced in our very own justice system including racial inequality, the death penalty, and staying true to one’s beliefs in the face of adversity. 

The film tells an important story through a gripping look at the formulation of the case Stevenson brings and the stories of the many people involved. It has viewers rooting for a man with little chance and has them despising others. The acting of main characters Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx have the viewers’ attention the entire movie, as well as a talented supporting cast.

Just Mercy is an emotional must-watch for all. With the compelling true story of a lawyer and inmate’s struggles with racial injustice, Just Mercy is an eye-opening film to see.