Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
Michael B. Jordan
A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
West Perrine, Florida is a suburban ghetto in Southwest Miami-Dade County. Over 73% of its residents are African-American and more than a third of them are unemployed. Violent crimes occur ... See full summary »
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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In addition to playing the role of Oscar's mother, Wanda, Octavia Spencer was a co-executive producer for this movie. One of her tasks in that capacity was to attract investors for the film, and one of the people from whom Spencer did secure financing was Kathryn Stockett, who has been Spencer's friend since they met in Los Angeles in the early 2000s. Stockett wrote the Oscar-winning role of Minnie in The Help (2011) specifically for Spencer. Stockett was the only investor to receive a "Very Special Thanks" credit at the end of Fruitvale Station (2013) (all the others received only "The filmmakers would like to thank" credits). See more »
When Oscar is shot on the subway station, he is in the spine, lower back. And when he is brought to the hospital, in the surgery area, the surgeons operate him and remove the bullet from his shoulder. See more »
Based on a true story of a 22-year old who was shot by a police officer on January 1st, 2009, without reason. We are taken through the last 24-hours, before the incident, through the victim's eyes. Oscar Grant says he wants to stop selling pot, promises he is done cheating on his partner and is going to be a better father to their 4 year old daughter. It's the last day of 2008 and it's going to prove to be a long one for Oscar, whose dark past is about to catch up to him.
Michael B. Jordan gives a great performance as Oscar. He makes it impossible to not like the character he is playing, even when it shows him acting detestable in a scene from his past. The film continues on, keeping things interesting enough that it's easy to forget we've already been shown what is going to happen.
Fruitvale Station does start to rot over the last few scenes. The film has already done it's job but then the director goes to such great lengths to try to squeeze tears out of us, we become aware: This movie is trying to make me cry.
Though guilty of being a little too obvious in it's emotional manipulation, Fruitvale Station is a promising feature film debut by writer/director Ryan Coogler.
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