1. Guest,
    If you need help getting to know Xenforo, please see our guide here. If you have feedback or questions, please post those here.
    Dismiss Notice

Fruitvale Station

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Michael Elliott, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Michael Elliott

    Michael Elliott Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    Messages:
    7,412
    Likes Received:
    176
    Location:
    KY
    Real Name:
    Michael Elliott
    This Sundance favorite seemed to get a wider release over the weekend and I caught a matinee on Friday. I'm not going to call this a great movie as I think there's a bit too much hype around it but it's certainly worth watching and still extremely good.

    I wasn't overly familiar with the actual case so this movie was introducing me to a lot of it. As I've said countless times, I don't go to a movie expecting a documentary so I'm sure many things were changed up for a dramatic purpose. Still, the story of a dead beat trying to go straight but having a head-scratching event with a cop and a gun made for some great drama. The film is 100% depressing from the word go but director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordon do excellent work throughout. The film really doesn't have a political or racial message beating you over the head, which was a good thing, although I do admit that I got quite nervous watching the film fearing something was going to happen as the crowd started to get pretty worked up at the end.

    *** 1/2 (out of 4)
     
  2. TravisR

    TravisR Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    24,954
    Likes Received:
    2,771
    Location:
    The basement of the FBI building
    My only gripe with the movie is that it seems unbelievably coincidental that
    [BIG SPOILER]
    two people who only vaguely knew Oscar would be on the BART train at the same time as he is. Especially when you consider that without one of them being there, he's still an anonymous guy living his life and this movie doesn't even exist. It's a small world and maybe that's actually the way it went down but it seemed like a stretch even for an episode of Lost let alone a serious minded drama.
    That gripe aside the movie is powerful and well acted. Michael B. Jordan (who even as a teen was amazing on The Wire) and Octavia Spencer are both excellent.
     
  3. mattCR

    mattCR Well-Known Member
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,471
    Likes Received:
    368
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS
    Real Name:
    Matt
    Travis-

    That bit, from court reports and news reports, is in fact true to how this happened. So, I don't think they could change that.
     
  4. TravisR

    TravisR Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    24,954
    Likes Received:
    2,771
    Location:
    The basement of the FBI building
    Then they made the right call to stick with reality. It is indeed a small and strange world.

    EDIT: Man, the randomness of that happening and the odds of that happening makes this story even sadder.
     
  5. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    17,038
    Likes Received:
    894
    Location:
    Chicago-ish/NW Indiana
    Real Name:
    Sam
    As the saying goes...

    "Sometimes the truth is stranger..."
     
  6. Freddie Z

    Freddie Z Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2013
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    12
    Real Name:
    Freddie Zaragoza
    One of my favorite movies of the year. Powerful stuff.
     

Share This Page