Just Mercy: What is this film based on a true story with Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan?
As of January 2020, the film Just Mercy (The Way of Justice) directed by Destin Daniel Cretton is released in French cinemas. Directed by Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, the film is based on the memoirs of American lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan). It focuses in particular on the case of Walter McMillian (Foxx), a black prisoner, sentenced in 1987 to capital punishment when he was innocentwhich Stevenson defended against all odds and above all against a judicial system plagued by racism.
Despite a strong subject and solid performances, the film was a box office failure. In the world he only reported just $51 million (for an estimated budget of 25 million). In France, Just Mercy (The Way of Justice) it attracted just over 300,000 admissions to theaters.
However, despite this counter-performance in the cinema, the film available on Netflix France for a few days has risen directly in the rankings first 10 of the most watched programs on the platform. Subscribers are passionate about this film adapted from a true story, reminiscent of the cult The Green Line.
The true story of Bryan Stevenson who inspired Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson is an American lawyer, writer, and human rights advocate who has dedicated his life to fighting injustice and inequality in the American justice system. Born in 1959 in Alabama, Stevenson was raised in modest family who instilled in him the values of compassion and justice.
After graduating from Harvard University, Stevenson chose to devote himself to advocacy for the marginalized and wrongfully sentenced to death. In 1989, you founded the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a non-profit organization that campaigns for justice system reform and justice. defending the rights of prisoners.
One of the most famous cases of Stevenson’s career, and chronicled in Mercy only, is that of Walter McMillian, an African-American man wrongly convicted of a murder he did not commit. Through the dogged efforts of Stevenson and his team, McMillian was finally released after six years on death row. This iconic case was the starting point of a winning streak for Stevensonwho has since helped many other death row inmates get justice.
In addition to his fieldwork, Stevenson is also an acclaimed author. His book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption was a New York Times bestseller and was thus the source material for the film starring Jamie Foxx. This powerful account chronicles Stevenson’s experiences in the American justice system and highlights the gross injustices which still persist today.
Bryan Stevenson’s impact on American society was very strong. His advocacy for fair justice and the abolition of the death penalty drew attention to the deep flaws in the justice system and inspired many to join his fight for systemic change.
In recognition of his achievements, Stevenson has received numerous awards and honors, including the German Booksellers’ Peace Prize and the Human Rights Award of the International League for Human Rights.
Source: Cine Serie
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