Earlier this year, the much overlooked legal drama Just Mercy hits cinemas, but sadly didn’t pick up much attention during the Oscars race. Michael B Jordan plays real-life lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who helped Walter McMillian get his murder conviction appealed after years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. The touching film highlights the work of the Equal Justice Initiative who provide legal representation for prisoners, many of whom are black, who may have been wrongly convicted in Alabama.
Now, following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Warner Bros Pictures have made Just Mercy free to rent.
The rental period is for the whole month of June and is only for those in the US.
The official Just Mercy Twitter account wrote: “We believe in the power of story.
“Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society.”
They continued: “For the month of June, Just Mercy will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the US.
“To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today.
“Thank you to the artists, storytellers and advocates who helped make this film happen.
“Watch with your family, friends and allies. For further information on Bryan Stevenson and his work at the Equal Justice Initiative please visit EJI.org.”
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly ahead of Just Mercy’s release, Walter McMillian star Jamie Foxx said how had been “drawing from the matter-of-factness of racism” he faced growing up in Texas.
The actor said: “When I met with [director] Destin [Daniel Cretton], I said, ‘Destin, you have to understand, I was just born.’
“‘I had nothing to do with being born this colour, but it’s interesting how much this colour brings outrage, brings out anger, brings out happiness, brings out perception, brings out stereotypes, brings out a whole lot of things when you’re black.’
“Being black is the greatest — and sometimes the most difficult. Just being born, somebody hates me for that.”
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On the impact, Foxx hoped Just Mercy would have, he said: “I just hope it opens their eyes.
“We’re not beyond reality, where everybody is suddenly going to lead the charge.
“But as long as it’s out there and everybody can rally around it, to where it’s not black or white, it’s just a human thing.
“This is a movie where everybody feels like they can help. This is the right kind of medicine that we need.”
Bryan Stevenson star Jordan added: “I want people to feel something after they watch this movie.
“I want them to go home and figure out what their ‘thing’ is.
“You don’t have to be some fancy, educated defence attorney to attack this issue. Each person can do something to be a part of the fight, to be a part of the change.”
Just Mercy is free to rent in the US during June and available to rent and purchase in the UK across major streaming platforms.
Published at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 08:57:00 +0000