Fruitvale Station is worth a visit

26 Jul

FRUITVALE-STATION

Director Ryan Coogler makes his feature length debut with a heartbreaking film about the story of a young man trying to turn his life around, but derailed from happening because of the tragic events that unfolded on New Year’s Day in 2009. Most people familiar with the incident have seen the YouTube videos of officer John Mehserle shooting Oscar at Fruitvale Station.

Coogler’s film with the same title casts Michael B. Jordan as Oscar and Octavia Spencer as his mother. Both powerful performances that help Coogler win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  It is a film with a purpose, but at times I think Coogler mishandles the story with foreshadowing, as well as his one-sided depiction of the victim. Fruitvale Station is an important piece of work from a young director attempting to connect, communicate, and understand the repressive state apparatuses and ideological conditions challenging young people today. It is a worth a visit.

WORD COUNT: 157

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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