‘Fruitvale Station’ Movie Review
[Note: Republished from 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Coverage]
Fruitvale Station is a really powerful and depressing film. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film takes place on December 31, 2008 and is based on the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, whose life came to a tragic end at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. You might be familiar with his story, but if you aren’t you should know that his death had a big impact in the Bay Area and the nation itself.
The film focuses on Oscar’s last day as he resolves to get his life back on track for the new year. And as we get further in the film, I was overwhelmed with such dread and sadness for his fate. It’s no secrets for fans of Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Chronicle) what an incredible talent he is, and I think this film might thrust him in the limelight when awards season comes. He really is amazing as Oscar and more importantly makes us care so much, which leads to the film’s success.
Surrounded by an incredible supporting cast including Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Chad Michael Murray and Kevin Durand, Fruitvale Station takes you on quite a trip and it’s impossible not to feel touched by it.
You can watch the trailer for Fruitvale Station below.