– by Joseph Jammer Medina

You know well and good it’s Oscar season when you start getting those heartstring-pulling true-story adaptations coming down the pipe from important actors — and I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. After indulging in nearly a full year’s worth of blockbusters, these kinds of movies often make great palate-cleansers for the year to come, as well as a testament of what film is capable of on a smaller scale.

The film we’re talking about now is Just Mercy, which comes courtesy of Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle, Short Term 12), and is based on the nonfiction book by Bryan Stevenson. Check out the trailer below:

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Below is the official synopsis to Just Mercy:

“A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice.  After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs.  Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson).  One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), 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 and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie.  In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.”

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SOURCE: Warner Bros

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.