A true story written and directed by a young Ryan Coogler, the film recreates the last day in the life of Oscar Grant. The 22-year-old unarmed black man in Oakland, CA who was shot and killed by a Bart Transit police office on New Years day 2009.
The film won the two top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and has become a cause to be negative amongst critics. Activists are seizing the opportunity to promote the movie, which calls for justice and implies that nothing like it has occurred yet, since the cop who shot and killed Oscar Grant only served 11 months in prison and Grant’s family has prevailed in a large civil suit.
Grant’s character who is played by 22-year-old subject (Michael B. Jordan), who was a small-time criminal who cheated on his girlfriend and had been fired from a job at a grocery store. All of these flaws are depicted in the film, but nevertheless “Fruitvale Station,” a debut effort from young filmmaker Ryan Coogler, tries to fit a halo on its subject, seemingly to play up the audience’s sympathies and it works.
Despite Grants shortcomings the film show that he was an ordinary, everyday black man struggling to make his life right and did not deserve to be shot in the back by a cop while lying face down on a subway platform.
Although the movie is a true story, it fails to deliver more of the point that the shooting was a cover-up. The many witnesses, spectators and friends of Oscar Grant had cell phone footage of the shooting, yet their cell phones were confiscated illegally by police officers before they got off the train that New Years Eve.
Warning: Fresh off the heels of a George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict, this film is a tear jerker that will piss you off into the reality of the injustices to all unarmed African American men being killed all over this country.
Support this film because those right wing conservatives don’t want to ignite the truth for you to view!