Just Mercy is a new movie starring Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson, and has a harrowing real-life connection. The true story is of lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who takes on the case of an African-American man wrongfully imprisoned and placed on death row for the murder of a white woman. Can you download Just Mercy or stream the film to watch online?
Just Mercy has only just been released in cinemas and is not being released simultaneously with any streaming platforms.
As a result, Just Mercy is not available to watch online, legally.
The Digital Economy Act 2017 means people could now face ten-year prison sentences for illegally streaming copyrighted content.
To be sure you’re not watching copyrighted material, you should go direct to companies such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, according to FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft).
CEO of FACT, Kieron Sharp says: “There are now more ways than ever for consumers to watch movies and TV but not going to legitimate sources to watch new movies is not a grey area: it is against the law.
“As well as being illegal, evidence shows that streaming pirated content is incredibly risky and can expose users to malware and inappropriate content. Not only does that deny the best viewing experience, it’s just not worth taking the chance.”
Warner Bros official synopsis of Just Mercy reads: “Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson star in Just Mercy, an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen….
“A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (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 (Larson).
“One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (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 manoeuvrings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.”
In real life, Stevenson continued in his work after this case.
Starting the Equal Justice Initiative, he has since saved the lives of 125 men from the death penalty as of 2016.
He has also helped to achieve Supreme Court decisions which prohibit sentencing children under 18 to death or to life imprisonment without parole, and has advocated for poor people and tries to improve the criminal justice system in the USA.