He left and the woman sitting right next to me sighed, "Wow." She was Puerto Rican from the Bronx, as she later told me. She explained why she sighed, "Wow."
"I never noticed that she was blind," she said. "All I noticed was that the scales weren't level."
Jamie Foxx was a guest on GOOD MORNING AMERICA to promote this film and his appearance made me want to see it. Foxx is a star. Like Tom Hanks, Sally Field and Robin Williams, he's one of those actors who graduated from TV sitcom work to winning an Oscar for a dramatic performance. He could've easily spent the time talking about his career and new movie. However, he graciously and generously chose to praise the acting talent and commitment of his co-star, Michael B. Jordan. Foxx was right. Jordan, one of the film's producers, gives a passionate and nuanced performance.
As for Jamie Foxx, this is one of his best performances since his Best Actor Oscar-winning turn as Ray Charles in 2004's RAY. Brie Larson plays Stevenson's legal defense partner. There's a gripping performance by an actor named Rob Morgan as the death row prisoner, Herb. Herb is a Vietnam veteran with a severe case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His PTSD was never brought up in his trial. There's a fragility about this poor man. Justice did not serve Herb. The scene of his execution as Ella Fitzgerald's recording of "That Old Rugged Cross" plays in the background is powerful and heartbreaking. A memorable scene.