Fruitvale Station
USA, 2013, 85 minutes, SD
Every step brings you closer to the edge.
Fruitvale Station Synopsis

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Ryan Coogler’s compelling first feature is based on the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot dead by police officers on December 31, 2008.


FRUITVALE STATION focuses on that last – ordinary but fateful – day as Oscar crosses paths with family, friends and strangers. Oscar’s quiet, emerging sense of responsibility will not come quickly but there is a determination in his acceptance of that struggle.

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Reviewed by j_haseltine
Ryan Coogler's harrowing portrayal of Oscar Grant's untimely demise utilises innocence as its point of focus.

The disquieting source material, shown in the opening moments, preserves an unshakable... more
Ryan Coogler's harrowing portrayal of Oscar Grant's untimely demise utilises innocence as its point of focus. \r\n\r\nThe disquieting source material, shown in the opening moments, preserves an unshakable nervousness as Coogler opts for archival camera phone footage of the fateful scene on December 31, 2009. This moment distills an unbearable atmosphere in the remainder of the film as we follow Grant, played by Michael B. Jordan, on an ordinary day. \r\n\r\nFruitvale Station paints a disconcertingly current image of racial stigma in the US and in this Coogler has crafted the greatest achievement. With solid performances across the board Coogler wastes no time establishing a sympathetic image of Grant through day-to-day interactions with family and friends. While necessary to his cause Coogler misses a beat with this unnuanced approach that produces an overly sympathetic innocence which hits suitably hard but leaves too many questions.
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Reviewed by montybrando
A thought provoking and timely film overall that doesn't quote reach its full potential. Based on the real life case of Oscar Grant who was killed by police in a... more
A thought provoking and timely film overall that doesn't quote reach its full potential. Based on the real life case of Oscar Grant who was killed by police in a train station on New Years Eve. Though released back in 2008, its subject matter is unfortunately just as relevant in today's climate. The good news is that the film is held up by a compelling story and strong performances. The bad news is that the narrative doesnt particularly weave a very nuanced portrayal of Oscar Grant. His death was senseless and unforgivable, we know that, but it would have made for a more compelling watch if we weren't just served scene after scene relentlessly reinforcing an almost angelic portrayal of Oscar Grant. Because of this it leans at times too close to overly sentimental. However, for the most part the tension is still high and the last 30 minutes are suitably unbearable. Recommended nonetheless.
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  • Wasn't completely taken with this one, although it comes from a good place - it's dangerous to overhype!

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  • Excellent film. Ryan Coogler one to watch big time.

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  • Excellent film. Ryan Coogler one to watch big time.
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