(2019) (Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A young, idealistic lawyer moves to the deep South and tries to prove that a middle-aged man on death row is innocent.
- It's the late 1980s and Bryan Stevenson (MICHAEL B. JORDAN) is a young, idealistic lawyer who's moved from Delaware to Monroe County, Alabama to provide legal services to black men on death row there. With just the assistance of his white paralegal, Eva Ansley (BRIE LARSON), Bryan visits the local prison and, also being a black man, encounters blatant racism himself. That isn't surprising to one inmate, Walter McMillian (JAMIE FOXX), a.k.a. Johnny D., who's faced that his entire life culminating in him recently being falsely accused, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a white teenage girl.
While Walter spends his days commiserating with fellow death row inmates Anthony Ray Hinton (O'SHEA JACKSON JR.) and Herbert Richardson (ROB MORGAN) -- the latter being a Vietnam War vet suffering from PTSD -- Bryan sets out working on Walter's case, but obviously gets nowhere with the racist sheriff, Tom Tate (MICHAL HARDING), or new District Attorney Tommy Chapman (RAFE SPALL).
But Walter's family -- even including his wife, Minnie (KARAN KENDRICK), who he cheated on -- is happy that he's handling the legal matters for free, and Bryan thinks he's uncovered important facts when he learns that the prosecution's main witness, Ralph Myers (TIM BLAKE NELSON), is a self-serving felon whose testimony was forced by others.
From that point on, Bryan races against time to prove Walter's innocence before he becomes yet another inmate on death row to be executed.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The subject matter might be of interest to some teens, but I don't otherwise see this as a huge draw for kids unless they're fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic content including some racial epithets.
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