Movie Review: Fruitvale Station

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Last night I went to see ‘Fruitvale Station’ after hearing all these rave reviews. I am not one that goes by reviews, I have to see and hear things on my own, and form my own opinion, and last night was no different.

Fruitvale Station (originally titled Fruitvale) is a 2013 American independent drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler. It is Coogler’s first feature-length film. It is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station in Oakland, California. The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer, and Melonie Diaz. The film chronicles the experiences of Oscar Grant’s on his last day of life.

Michael B. Jordan gives a solid performance as a flawed young man trying to overcome his past transgressions and turn is life around for the sake of his daughter, girlfriend, and mom. Despite his efforts he can’t seem to overcome. Octavia Spencer gives a great performance as Oscar’s mother. She is spot on in her portrayal of mother who just wanted her son to change his life and go down a better path. The film was very sad, because it is based on true events, and a young man that was full of potential lost his life. The movie is more meaningful to me, especially after the Trayvon Martin murder and subsequent not guilty verdict for his killer. This movie is definitely worth going to see, and I would recommend it. If you are anything like me you will leave the theater sad and upset at the same damn time.

Final Review: 8/10

 

Find information about Oscar Grant HERE

 

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