Just Mercy

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx excel in this powerful and impassioned death row drama based on real events.

The screening on Wed 9 October 14:15 will now be unallocated with all seats in the Stalls section of Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.

Dir Destin Daniel Cretton
Prod Gil Netter, Asher Goldstein, Michael B. Jordan
Scr Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham
With Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson
136 min
UK Distribution Warner Bros. Entertainment UK

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

Additional information

Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00

Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under.

See our Screen Talk: Michael B. Jordan.