In the wake of the senseless police slaying of George Floyd last week and the subsequent protests around the world, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Tuesday that the studio’s film “Just Mercy” will be available for free rentals across streaming platforms throughout the month of June.
The film, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, tells the true story of world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he works to free a wrongly condemned prisoner on death row.
In a statement, Warner Bros. acknowledged the “power of story,” identifying “Just Mercy” as an important resource the studio can offer to people looking to educate themselves about the systemic racism plaguing America.
“To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today,” the statement read. “Thank you to the artists, storytellers and advocates who helped make this film happen. Watch with your family, friends and allies.”
The film is based on Stevenson’s #1 New York Times bestseller of the same title, which is temporarily out of stock on Amazon, as people around the country are searching for resources to educate themselves.
If you would like to learn more about Stevenson and his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative, we encourage you to head to EJI.org.
As of publishing, “Just Mercy” is available for free rental on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube and Google Play. Additionally, the film is available for purchase for just $4.99, instead of the usual $19.99.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Charlotte, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.