Just Mercy

BBFC RatingJust Mercy

Showing: 17 January 2020 until 23 January 2020

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Just Mercy
Certificate12A
Year2019
GenreDrama
DirectorDestin Daniel Cretton
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time2HR 17MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx excel in this powerful and impassioned death row drama from director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12).

Fresh from Harvard Law School, fledgling attorney Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) defies the wishes of his parents, who are concerned about the notoriously racist South, when he ventures to Alabama to open a law practice to support death row inmates routinely denied proper legal counsel. Meeting with a variety of prisoners, Stevenson soon encounters Walter "Johnny D" McMillan (Foxx), a black man accused of the brutal murder of a white teenage girl, an allegation he vehemently denies, with numerous factors clearly supporting innocence. Despite Johnny D's scepticism that he will be afforded due diligence by a corrupt system, Stevenson hires local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson), and mounts an urgent case for a retrial, uncovering a chain of injustices and crucial oversights as they search for the truth. 

Adapted from Bryan Stevenson's own bestselling memoir, director Destin Daniel Cretton's methodical and interrogative approach paints a searing (and often infuriating) portrait of the fight for justice in the face of structural racism, which feels all-too timely nearly three decades after the case in question. Driven by powerhouse performances from Jordan and Foxx, who are ably supported by a stellar cast including Larson, Rafe Spall and O'Shea Jackson Jr, this is cinema at its most inspiring and essential.

- Michael Blyth, BFI London Film Festival


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