The chills down your spine won’t be caused by the air conditioning system in the movie theater. The goosebumps will appear from being captivated by Fruitvale Station, the gripping award-winning film on Oscar Grant III played by Michael B. Jordan.
The 22-year-old was shot and killed by a Bay Area police officer on January 1, 2009 at the Frutivale BART station in Oakland, Calif. after him and his three friends were arrested and detained at the train stop. He was unarmed and died after doctors took Grant off a breathing machine. His untimely death sparked protests across the country and, subsequently, this emotional Ryan Coogler-directed film.
Fruitvale takes viewers on a journey through Oscar Grant’s last day before his murder. Check out this list of 5 reasons why you should watch this movie when it hits theaters July 12.
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1. The acting is superb.
With Michael B. Jordan at the forefront portraying Oscar Grant, his supporting cast, from Octavia Spencer as Oscar’s mother Wanda Johnson to Chad Michael Murray’s small but significant police officer role, will give viewers an emotional and captivating performance.
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2. The back-story of Fruitvale is eye-opening.
This film reveals another side of Grant, depicting his responsibility as a good father to turning down selling drugs to earn a honest wage.
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3. The movie will leave you in a reflective state of mind.
Sniffling and shuffling to find a Kleenex tissue provided the soundtrack for the movie at its most compelling and silent moments. The timeline of events, from the opening scene to the cell phone footage of Oscar’s shooting, doesn’t prepare you for how the movie would end, even if you already know.
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4. Oscar and his daughter Tatiana display a heartwarming relationship.
One of the main highlights of Frutivale Station is Oscar’s interaction with his precocious and inquisitive daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal). Filled with “aww” moments, this is one of the many sides the movie depicts on the California native.
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5. Perfect for a great discussion.
Oscar Grant’s story added to the list of unjustly murdered and cracked open the ongoing issue of police brutality in certain communities. This movie will allow that discussion again.
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