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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

Product Details

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
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
This movie is based on the harrowing true story of what happened to Oscar Grant, a San Francisco resident, during New Year's Eve in 2008 and the early hours of New Year's Day, 2009.
Oscar is a twenty two year old guy who's an ex-con. He has a querulous, firebrand nature, cheats on his attractive Latino wife, Tatiana, and has a young daughter, Maggie. Oscar's family live in a modest apartment, his cuckolded spouse is the main breadwinner, and he spends time as an errand boy for his slightly domineering mother. He's devoted to his mum, grandma and sister, perhaps more so than to his wife.
New Year's Eve starts going wrong for Oscar when his boss tells him he's permanently lost his job as a food store assistant, and he sees a Pit Bull Terrier he's just befriended killed in a hit and run accident. He also starts mixing with a drug-dealing pal again. It's against this unhappy background of marital disharmony, unemployment, and rekindling ties with his criminal brethren, that Oscar sets up a big night out with his male friends, with the pals to catch a train into a jubilant downtown San Francisco...
This film is much more gritty than the typical glossy, sugary, made for TV flick based on a true story. The acting is beyond reproach and Oscar's mix of admirable and less desirable qualities comes across loud and clear. He's a young family man, a human being who's made a bad start to adult life and gets things right and wrong, but loves life and people and wants to improve his state of affairs.
This movie does a very good job of steering well clear of being judgmental or indulging in any cloying sentimentality. It's one of those flicks which makes you feel like you're right there in the middle of the action, like Walter Hill's The Warriors and Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SCREEN77 on 29 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Fact based drama about Oscar Grant 111, who was no angel as we learn early in the film.The film starts with actual footage taken on the night,Oscar has one daughter & up until two weeks ago a job,he also does a bit of drug dealing which is now helping put food on the table.
New years eve 2007 was spent in San Quentine,one year on & he spends the first part of the evening with family,his daughter is left with a friend.The plan is to go to Frisco to see in the new year,Oscar plans to drive but his mum persuades him to take the train.

I spent most of the film waiting for something to happen,as there seemed to be the constant feeling things were about to go very wrong.Fruitvale Station doesn't come into the film until near the end but for all & quite sad reasons.

A really good,well acted drama & under 90 minutes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By scarebear on 5 Nov. 2014
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Missed this at the cinema, and why i dont know. This story of police brutality really hit me hard. Great perfomance by Michael B Jordan, and for anyone who doesnt know the story, a real eye opener.
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By Rochelle Spencer on 6 July 2015
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Unfortunately I am unable to give a true review of the film as I had to turn it off after half an hour. The sound quality was absolutely abysmal; incoherent muffled mumbling one moment and ear splitting music the next. The only actor I could understand clearly was the young child. A shame as this has had some great reviews, I obviously am missing something here, I hope others are able to persevere and enjoy what is clearly a poignant story.
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By Rip on 30 Jun. 2015
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This film spends a lot of time giving you the chance to get to know who Oscar was. Oscar is well portrayed and the film does not just tell you the good bits about Oscar but communicates the struggle he faces as a young black male in the USA. It isn't bleak there are some scenes with good humour that will make you smile.
Well worth watching and a film that makes a point about real lives being lost
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