MOVIE REVIEW: JUST MERCY

Voices for Life is posting its first review pertaining to entertainment and literature. We hope to review many mediums that cultivates a message regarding the buildup of the culture of life from womb to tomb.

Recently, a movie called Just Mercy (same title as the novel) came out that tackled the issue of the Death Penalty. The catch is that a wrongly convicted man was incarcerated and sentenced to die from a faulty and unjust justice system.

That is where Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael C Jordan) comes in as he interviews many death row inmates. One particular case, which was the focus of this movie, is that of Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx).

McMillian was placed on death row for a murder he did not commit. The only reason he was convicted is because of a systematic racism that existed in Alabama’s court of law. Much of his case was based on false testimonies.

In addition to McMillian, Stevenson helps in the appeal for many other wrongful convicted inmates through the Equal Justice Initiative, which helped those who are poor who cannot pay legal fees.

This is a timely movie. It shows how our justice system has failed African Americans by giving them harsh sentences. We need to change the system where every person is even fair treatment for the crimes they’ve committed.

Even the death penalty is wrong. It murders a person, guilty or not of a crime. Incarcerated inmates are humans and deserve equal protection just as much as the unborn, elderly, migrant, immigrant, and every other human being on the face of the earth.

The movie is available On Demand, Apple TV (It is free until the end of June.) available on DVD.

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