Fruitvale Station 2013

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Tragic drama chronicling the last day of Oscar Grant III, who was fatally shot in the back by a police officer at Oakland's Fruitvale BART station in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009. The film follows Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) as he tries to start afresh before the beginning of the new year by being a better father to his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal) and a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz). Later in the evening, Oscar travels to San Francisco to attend a New Year's party and it is when he is returning from the festivities that a fight breaks out between him and an old prison acquaintance. The police are then alerted to the trouble and take Oscar and his friends into custody. Shortly afterwards, a lapse in judgement by one of the police officers leads to a tragic outcome.

Starring:
Kevin Durand, Ariana Neal
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Fruitvale Station

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Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Kevin Durand, Ariana Neal, Ahna O'Reilly, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Chad Michael Murray, Octavia Spencer
Director Ryan Coogler
Genres Drama
Studio SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 6 October 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Kevin Durand, Ariana Neal, Ahna O'Reilly, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Chad Michael Murray, Octavia Spencer
Director Ryan Coogler
Genres Drama
Studio SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 6 October 2014
Main languages English

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Offender on 13 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
What is the message of Fruitvale Station? Writer/director Coogler seems to be saying, through the first hour of contrived vignettes, 'OK, Oscar Grant was no angel, and he had a bit of a temper. But look, he loved his mother, and was kind to children and animals. So he didn't deserve to be shot in the back when he wasn't armed.' Would he have deserved this fate if he HADN'T been trying to get his job back, or if he HADN'T scooped a dying dog out of the road?

This is essentially a TV matinee tragi-biopic, which has got festival attention because of the socio-political charge of its context rather than its inherent merits. Michael B Jordan invests the lead role with some charisma, admittedly, but the writing and direction are pure Lifetime channel.
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The film makes one acutely aware of the what ifs and how many things in life could be different. The main character fought to be on the straight and narrow but this was not with all he had to give, the moral of this film is to fight and make things happen for yourself and follow your initial instincts.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2014
Format: DVD
This is based on the true story of Oscar Grant. This emotional film opens with some actual footage of the incident.

Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) is no saint. We discover he has done time. His relationship with his wife/gf (Melonie Diaz) is strained due to an infidelity. He has gone back to his old ways of dealing pot which has caused him to lose his job. Oscar also has good qualities. He is close to his family. He helps strangers and stray dogs. He recently dumped his baggie of pot as he has realized he was on the wrong path.

It is New Year's eve and his mother's (Octavia Spencer) birthday. Tonight he is going to celebrate with his wife as his life seems to becoming normal, but his prison past comes back to haunt him.

This is a dramatic representation of Oscar's life leading up to the Fruitvale Bart Station incident. I do not know how much outside of the incident is true. The film seems to place Oscar on the road to sainthood after a few stumbles, which set off my skeptic alarm. I would say some of the film was dramatic filler. Octavia Spencer gives us a great performance while the rest of the supporting cast was spotty. Oscar's life was fairly boring which in turn translated into numerous slow moments. This was apparently done by design so as to create the gut-wrenching sickening feeling at the climax.

The film was a winner at both Cannes and Sundance. Certainly worth watching for the politically active.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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Format: DVD
A well acted movie, but I was disappointed with the film being a little loose with the truth.
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