Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar's life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year's Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story.
Release Date: July 12, 2013
Runtime: 1 hr 25 min
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Add this one to the list of powerful "semi-anti-hero" films.
This film is based on a true story and centers around Oscar Grant, III. A young man whose life was taken by a Bart Officer on New Years Day 2008-2009. That's not a spoiler as the first scene shows the actual footage from the real incident.
What comes next is his 24 hours leading up to when his life is taken. It shows Oscar as he struggles at being a good boyfriend to his girlfriend, the mother of his young daughter. It also shows him excel at being a dad to his little girl. He wants to give up on selling drugs and find a real way to provide for his family. Just five minutes into the film, you'll like the character and be saddened that you already know how it ends, somehow hoping it turns out differently.
Some of the scenes in the film did not actually happen the night before he was killed but they did happen at other points in his life. They were put in the film to help the viewer understand what kind of person he truly was at his core, and that was a good person, whose life was cut far too short.
The last scene in this film...why are my eyes sweating!?
I hope you'll tell others to see this film as it's a great story about an unfortunate situation.January 20th, 2014 · Details
‚ÄúFruitvale Station‚Äù uses its spare 90 minutes beautifully, giving us a fairly even-handed review of a life still forming, but snuffed out. It touches on the myriad of accidental circumstances and underlying causes that underpin an awful event like this one ‚Äî a lifetime of bad choices, wrong place/wrong time, racial profiling, high stress situations that spiral out of control and simple ‚Äútestosterone poisoning.‚Äù... See Full ReviewJuly 26th, 2013 · Details
First-time writer-director Ryan Coogler creates an intimate, documentary feeling to the story, candid in its portrayal of a young man who has made some mistakes (he was a drug dealer, he has served time in prison, he cheated on his girlfriend, he gets fired for being late). But, with a transcendent performance by Jordan, we see that Grant was a devoted son and father who wants very much to be the man his mother, girlfriend, and daughter deserve... See Full Review
This year's big winner at the Sundance Film Festival, Fruitvale Station is a profoundly compelling, gut-wrenching and important film. It's particularly timely in the wake of the trial of George Zimmerman, accused of fatally shooting the unarmed Trayvon Martin. Most importantly, it reveals a face, heart and soul behind the heartbreaking headlines... See Full Review