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Waking up on the morning of new years eve 2008, Oscar feels something in the air. Taking it as a sign to get a head start on his new year resolutions, he crosses paths with friends, family and strangers on his quest to be a better person. As he celebrates the New Year and a fresh start, one truly shocking, tragedy shakes his community and the entire United States to its very core.
Both delicate and devastating, Ryan Coogler s astonishingly assured directorial debut is a powerful and deeply moving, must-see hit.
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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.
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.
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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Great film.... Very expected plot twist unless you know the storyPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer