How can you not get emotional watching a movie about a guy who gets wrongfully murdered by the authorities? In that respect the whole concept of Fruitvale Station feels very cheap. Thankfully the wonderful performances and directing make it absolutely worth the watch.
It's certainly a heartbreaking film. It takes a tragic and infuriating true story and presents it plainly and well enough to not lose the effect the event has. I'm conflicted about the movie's desire to prove Oscar Grant to be a saintly person, as if he needed to have been to make his death a tragedy. At the same time, since his character was attacked so much by the media, it does feel necessary to combat that.
Es ist der Verdienst von Jordans Spiel und der Regie Cooglers, bereits früh im Film einige Vorzeichen zu setzen, wie Oscar gewahr wird, dss seine Freiheit, seine ganze Existenz einfach umgestossen werden kann von ganz trivialer unfairer Gewalt... die ganze Rezension sowie die für uns wichtigsten Filme des New Black Cinema gibts auf der Webpage unserer Videothek cinegeek.de
This can be an emotionally merciless film, but it also an honest one. This is very much a document of the time, with the incredibly hot topic of unarmed black men being gunned down in the streets by police officers. It gives a face to a societal struggle and it humanizes the story of modern America. More than that though it is a rich character study, and is more than just its message, as all great movies should be.
That juxtaposition of Oscar walking with his child sequenced right before a now-useless bag of his blood is thrown in a garbage can is going to stay with me for a while. Reminds me of a bit from Catch-22: "Man was matter, that was Snowden’s secret. Drop him out a window and he’ll fall. Set fire to him and he’ll burn. Bury him and he’ll rot, like other kinds of garbage. The spirit gone, man is garbage."
there are no particular lessons, neither social nor political that the movie is trying to portray. instead it focuses on the humanity of a confused 22 year old that could or could not have become a better person he decided to be if it weren't for that faithful encounter with police. the drawbacks are the unilateral storytelling, cliched dialogues and too much premonition the movie is peppered with.