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
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Fruitvale Station

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

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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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By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A devastating film. An amazing debut from Ryan Coogler that worked in spite of what could have been serious obstacles.
Not only did I know the true story the film was based on, but the first two minutes of the film gives away much of the climax,
so I was very worried that I'd find it interesting, but not emotional.

Warning - some could consider the following to have vague spoilers;

But by filling the movie with rich, real, human characters who we get to know and care for, by casting and shooting the film
brilliantly, and filling it with all those little human details that make you feel like you're watching real people, knowing the outcome
didn't matter. By about a third of the way in I was hooked, and by the end I was in tears in a way no film has done to me in
a long while. It also manages the always tricky feat of being terribly sad without being depressing or nihilistic. Coogler treats
all his characters, even the 'villains' with grace and humanity. I can't wait to see what he does next.
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Format: Blu-ray
If you haven't seen it, you're missing out. Michael B. Jordan is electrifying, and this true-story is heart-wrenching and beautiful all at the same time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"Fruitvale Station" (2013 release; 90 min.) brings the last day of Oscar Grant, a 22 yr. old African-American who was killed when returning on the BART train from the New Year's Eve celebrations in San Francisco.

The film opens in shocking fashion, with the actual cell phone footage that was taken of the events in Fruitvale Station, which is like opening a movie with a suckerpunch to your stomach. After that, the events of the last 24 hrs. unfold, and we first see Oscar and his girlfriend Sophina arguing, as Sophina found out he had cheated on her. Later on we als learn some other less rozy things about Oscar (jail time a few years back for reasons not mentioned, although probably drug dealing; just recently losing his job at a local grocery store for tardiness; etc.). So Oscar is not the immediately likeable character or innocent angel. Yet as that 31st December unfolds, we also see Oscar being close to his young daughter, being kind to his "momma" and his "grandma", and his close friends, and deciding to make things better in his life. Not much really "happens". The last 20-25 min. retell the events of what happened in the train ride and at Fruitvale Station, and also the aftermath. Let me be upfront: even though we already know how it all is going to turn out, I was STILL shocked, and upset, and moved to tears.

Couple of comments: this film made a huge splash when it was first shown at the 2013 Sundance film festival, and with good reason. Kudos to first time writer-director Ryan Coogler for an outstanding delivery on all levels. Also noteworthy is the performance of Michael B. Jordan as Oscar. Jordan had already gained acclaim for various TV roles but since I don't watch a lot of TV shows, this was my first exposure to him and I was very impressed.
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