Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler – 2013) B+

This is recent true event retelling about the police shooting of a young black man in San Francisco. It takes place in the 24 hours leading to that stupid senseless crime. Two major strengths made the film very compelling.  The movie does not make Oscar Grant III a perfect character or a blameless victim. It seems honest in its portrayal of a young man who had several troubles with the law but is on his way to coming out of that cycle. The performances are also very good especially by Michael B. Jordan who plays Oscar and Octavia Spencer as his mom.


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