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Just Mercy is striking for what it isn’t. A courtroom drama based on an actual miscarriage of justice, that exposes entrenched and largely accepted racial prejudice, that hinges on the tireless efforts of a courageous lawyer, played by hot young thing Michael B. Jordan, with a supporting cast that includes Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson. This might lead to grand standing courtroom histrionics, ‘Objection!’ ‘Sustained!’, intense legal research that makes watching people read seem dramatic, emotional breakdowns on the witness stand, etc. But if you expect A Few Good Men or A Time To Kill, you’re likely to be disappointed. Instead, Just Mercy is a more reserved and sombre affair that relies on performance, dialogue and tiny gestures. Director Destin Daniel Cretton delivers a somewhat staid milieu, favouring slow and reflective dialogue over dynamic visuals. At times, the film can feel rather theatrical, but Cretton’s pays great attention to faces, turning the features of his stars into impressive canvasses on which he tells this powerful and important true story.


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