Fruitvale Station – 8/10

The true story of Oscar Grant. A 22 year old man subjected to senseless and ridiculous police brutality.


A quick Youtube search reveals the sheer number and depth of police brutality cases all over the world, including here at home and especially in the USA. Courageous first time writer/director Ryan Coogler tackles this emotive subject with Fruitvale Station.

The Wire‘s Michael B. Jordan brings humanity and sympathy to the role of Oscar Grant and in another year he could well have received an Oscar nod. Octavia Spencer is excellent as the matriarch of the Grant family as well. You would hope this film would help to bring to light one of the more disgusting issues facing Western society but unfortunately police brutality continues to thrive relatively punishment free.

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