How to Watch ‘Just Mercy,’ Now Free to Stream
Just mercy– based on the memories of Bryan Stevenson – released a bit quietly in December of last year. The film starred Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson, a lawyer who travels to Alabama in the hope of providing legal representation to wrongfully sentenced prisoners. Throughout the film, he comes to represent Walter McMillian, played by Jamie Foxx, a death row inmate convicted of the murder of a white woman. (The film trial is the real case of Walter McMillian v. State in 1993.)
As a result of recent events, highlighting, like the film, procedural failures and criminal justice procedures, Warner Bros. will make the movie free to air in the next month. The company said its intention was educational, saying, “We believe in the power of history. Our movie Just mercy, based on the life work of civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, is a resource that we can humbly offer to those who wish to learn more about the systemic racism plaguing our society.
Before Just mercy has even been done, the project was taking steps towards equality in the arts. It was the first major studio film to use an “inclusion rider,” which required some of the actors and the team to include people from under-represented groups.
Jordan said to Associated press at the end of last year of his motivations for playing Stevenson: “Meeting this person is like: Dude, this is the hidden gem. This is the unsung hero. It is the national hero who must be protected at all costs. I wanted to do justice to his story. “
Jordan’s film career has played more than one role – fictional and real – that illustrates racial injustice. In 2013, he played Oscar Grant in Fruitvale station. The film chronicles the final hours of Oscar Grant who was shot dead by police in Oakland, California, after police responded to an apparent fight on the train. One of his first roles, Wallace in Thread, depicts a child trapped, chewed, then spit out of the Baltimore drug trade.
How to watch Just mercy
The film will be available on several streaming sites this month, including YouTube, Amazon Prime and Redbox. Here is a full list of locations where the film will be available.
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