Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Director: Ryan Coogler

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray

This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant.

This is based on a true story.

I used to live in Fruitvale seven years before this happened. When this murder/death happened, that was when I realized that there was a BART station in Fruitvale. I had no idea after living there.
This is a great movie. I knew what the movie was about before I even watched it, and I was still emotional watching this movie. This is a tragic story of a life of a life that could have been prevented, if people were doing their job correctly. The cops that were involved in this murder had no business harassing these men in the first place. I have rode the BART a lot, and I do not remember seeing that many cops around ever. It was New Year's Eve, so there would be more cops at the stations in the Oakland area. There is a lot of gang activity in the Oakland area, but these cops just went overboard on a fight that was over. They are not going to rat on the other group. The cops were just wasting their time and effort.

Oscar Grant lost his life, and it was unnecessary. These cops did not follow procedures. This all could have been prevented, if they would have done their job correctly. This is one of those movies that people need to see. It is an emotional movie. I will not lie about that. This is a movie that will not disappoint you at all. Enjoy.

Fruitvale Station (2013) Trailer

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