Fruitvale Station is a film that depicts what we see when we hold up a mirror to America and gaze into its long standing history of racism and injustice that doesn’t seem to go away.
Fruitvale Station is the portrayal of 22 year old, Oscar Grant’s (enacted by Michael B. Jordan) last day of life. New Years Eve 2009, marked the day Oscar Grant’s friends were beaten by Bay Area Transit Police on a subway platform and he was fatally shot and murdered by an officer while handcuffed on his knees. The events throughout the movie lead up to that fatal moment where lives would be forever changed and a city would ignite in rage.
The film does not depict Oscar as a person who always got everything right. Nonetheless, it shows how he was an ambitious young man who was in the beginning stages of turning his life around. It depicts how he deeply loved and cared for his family, especially his four yr old daughter (Tatiana Grant). As the scenes progress, you begin to step into the shoes of Oscar and quickly become attached to his character. The audience’s heart shatters as His mother, Wanda (enacted by Octavia Spencer), learns of her sons tragic death. This remarkable film puts a name and a face to all the daunting statistics of unarmed black men who are murdered by law enforcement. Oscar Grant was a man of compassion, dreams, and hope. It diminishes the media’s portrayal of young black men as dangerous animals and pierces hardened hearts that deny racial division.
This TRUE STORY is brilliantly and passionately enacted. And in light of the recent Trayvon Martin case, it couldn’t have been timelier. We all have struggles, we all yearn to love, in one way or another, we are all Oscar Grant. Its message of the beauty of life and the cost of senseless hatred is profound. Fruitvale Station is an ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!
R.I.P. OSCAR GRANT. FATHER. SON. DREAMER.
(Movie Trailer) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yy1znso-fc