I was really looking forward to seeing the movie "Fruitvale Station" as it looked serious and intense. Totally bummed that I misread the time in the paper and was 15 minutes late. I have a sense that what I missed was some of the background of 22-year old Oscar's life that precipitated this life journey and his fateful night on the last day of 2008.
This is a true story of a young black man whose life ended tragically, and wrongfully, on a train platform after a night of New Years Eve revelry. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong night... a horrible accident.
The timing of this film with the recent Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman court case had to be on the mind of every one in the audience due to its larger, similar themes.
Michael B. Jordan wonderfully plays Oscar Grant. At the end of the day, it is always hard to know the accuracy of a film when depicting a real story.
I know a number of "Oscars" that have a troubled youth, single Mom, African-American, with more mature lady friend and child struggling to turn ones life around. Yet a variety of socio-economic issues and long time friends make the transition near impossible. They could easily be Oscar Grants.
Clearly the movie shows Oscar as a young man we want to root for and we do. To me, his achilles heel is his explosive anger that can surface so quickly and powerfully that undercuts any of his positive steps forward.
Academy Award Winner "Octavia Spencer" fabulously portrays Oscars strong, positive and loving Mom.
Despite being late, I really enjoyed this film and recommend it.