A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
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
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The scene where Oscar Grant is shot was filmed at the actual Fruitvale station and the original bullet hole is still there where Michael B. Jordan was laying. See more »
While in prison, Oscar receives a visit from his mother. The scene is shown to be set "New Year's 2007" , and Oscar mentions having seen WALL·E (2008) with his daughter. But that movie wasn't released until June, 2008. See more »
Fruitvale Station's first hour is just a building block of character development for its protagonist, Oscar Grant. Those scenes are boiled up in a grounded, empathizing way and tell a lot about this man in what feel like menial scenes. The last twenty minutes is powerhouse cinema that hit specific emotional marks with a punching intensity. First we feel stone cold fear, next a pacing shock and confusion, then ending with ferocious anger and dreadful sorrow. Michael B. Jordan gives his star-making, breakout performance, Octavia Spencer tears a more powerful scene than any of the one of the scenes she won her Oscar for, and Melonie Diaz clamps at your heart in her supporting role. The pay off is big and Fruitvale Station pays its respects to real-life tragedy.
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