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The real phone camera footage of the death of 22 year-old Oscar Grant during New Year’s Eve celebrations opens Fruitvale Station and it’s tragic to watch a young life snuffed out carelessly by police officers. Shortly after, writer/director Ryan Coogler rewinds back to a dramatisation of the last 24 hours of Grant’s (Michael B. Jordan) life.
Fruitvale Station is a cry for peace while reminding the world never to forget the lives lost to injustice.
Cameron Williams – follow Cam on Twitter here: @popcornjunkies
Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Chronicle) delivers a powerhouse performance; displaying incredible range and crafting a character we sympathise with, care for, and won’t soon forget. This is ultimately where Fruitvale Station succeeds – in raising awareness of the issues plaguing America by telling a gripping personal story. Also fantastic in supporting roles are Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz.
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Andrew Buckle – follow Andy on Twitter here: @buckle22
Fruitvale Station is the tale behind a very real video that would otherwise go ignored by the greater populace. It humanises these blunt pixels and creates a meaning behind the loud bam that ultimately ended the life of a man that’s doing what we’re all doing in this life: just trying to get by and support his loved ones.
Nicholas Brodie – follow Nick on Twitter here: @fodusempire
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