Movie In Review: Fruitvale Station


It is hard to separate the empathetic emotions that a person of African-American decent will have for this film, therefore I will not attempt to thwart the transparent heart-strings that I will attach to this film review. Albeit we have had a recent slew of African-American films such as The Butler and 12 Years A Slave; somehow Fruitvale Station resonates with me more than those other films. Now I love the value of histrionics as it relates to heritage, cultural preservation and ancestral lineage; however it is often the less glamorous story in its most simplistic form that generates an even greater impact more, so than that of an epic tale. Empathy has always been a great presenter, even when faced with an audience filled with apathy. It generates a certain reverence that is hard to ignore, especially when one can conclude that: “This could have happened to me”. Fruitvale Station has won several awards at both The Sundance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film) and The Cannes Film Festival (Best First Film). Upon first glance, I truly did not get enthralled in what appeared to be a plot headed to places unknown. I knew very little about this film, other than hearing that it was highly acclaimed and that there was an Oscar buzz surrounding the film. Little did I know that the true “Oscar” as it pertains to this film, is the true story of Oscar Grant III, portrayed brilliantly by actor Michael B. Jordan. The film recounts the last day in the life of Oscar Grant III. A day that will forever change the landscape of the Fruitvale Train Station and the community of Oakland California. This movie will capture your heart, as well as, your conscious mind. I absolutely recommend that rent this film immediately.

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