'Just Mercy' [Blu-ray + Digital]
(Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / NR / 2020 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Based on the true story of a hero, 'Just Mercy' arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton ('The Glass Castle,' 'Short Term 12'), from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling memoir.
World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.
Blu-ray Verdict: If I was to list this film's greatest strength, that would be its ability to pull you into the characters' situation and feel their sense of frustration at the injustice they face.
The film opens with one man being aggressively arrested for a crime he didn't commit, then transitions to a young student visiting prison for the first time, where he meets a peer who turns out to be more relatable than expected.
From there, the audience sees how these men are driven, what they're fighting for, and how it effects their lives as well as the community around them.
Michael B Jordan, as usual, was fantastic. He did a great job portraying this young idealist who, despite being Harvard educated and possessing solid evidence, finds himself unable to make the difference he originally thought he could.
Jamie Foxx's performance was also great; he displayed genuine vulnerability and emotion as this embittered, beaten-down (but still somewhat hopeful) man in a cruel world.
I had no issues with the technical aspects of this movie; they didn't do anything special nor did they do anything wrong. This being a legal drama, the script might feel a bit predictable to some, and some of the dialog/speeches seemed a bit too grandiose for real life.
There are a few scenes, especially the two montages set to music, that felt a bit cliched, but this movie also has two particular sequences (which I won't spoil here) in the second half that are very effective and powerful.
Overall, this is a well-made and well-acted movie adapted from a pretty important true story, so I would recommend it to anyone interested in criminal justice or simply anyone who enjoys cinema made with a purpose.
In closing, I would seriously advise you NOT to watch the official full trailer as, to my mind, it showed way too much from the third act of the movie! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• Making ‘Mercy’
• This Moment Deserves
• The Equal Justice Initiative
• Deleted Scenes
The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on April 14th. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in hi-definition and a Digital version of the movie.
'Just Mercy' will also now be available to own from digital retailers beginning on March 17th, and will be available digitally on Video on Demand services from cable and satellite providers and select gaming consoles beginning on March 24th.
Official 'Just Mercy' Movie Trailer
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