Opening Night Film / Centerpiece Film / Closing NiDestin Daniel Cretton
A powerful and thought-provoking true-story, JUST MERCY follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie 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.
JUST MERCY, the latest from Maui born director Destin Daniel Cretton (SHORT TERM 12) crafts each performance, each scene, to add to the cumulative power of a film that is not just a true story, but a story committed to revealing truths. And what grand performances—-from Michael B. Jordan, who layers the intensity and commanding presence he brought to CREED and BLACK PANTHER, who is ultimately tested that the elegance of due process can be generations of Jim Crow; and especially an award worthy turn by Jamie Foxx (Oscar winner for RAY), who gives one of the best performances of his career.
|Wednesday 13||20:00 - 22:21||Regal Dole Cannery 9|
|Director||Destin Daniel Cretton.|
|Cast||Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rafe Spall and O'shea Jackson Jr..|
Mike Drake ... executive producer