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. Written by The Weinstein Company (courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
Understanding this to be a film Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler, Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi & Forest Whitaker is the recounting of actual events. I appreciate the fact the direction of the film took in presenting the outcome and rewinding back to how things escalated as they did. I think the main character played by Micheal B. Jordan had a superb performance as Oscar Grant and I look forward to seeing him in future films. No matter how you feel about situations like this that have occurred in our society, as was depicted in the film, I hope we can all agree if this was to happen to someone we knew we’d be outraged and be calling for answers as well. So for FRUITVALE STATION I give it 3 stars as it sparks a conversation that needs to be discussed on some level. This also certifies FRUITVALE STATION as a solid Netflix and Chill kind of film ...GO!!!