Gustavo's Review of Fruitvale Station


  • 12 months ago via Flixster
    Fruitvale Station

    Fruitvale Station (2013)

    Usually when I'm going to see movies with true life events that leads into a tragic conclusion, I'm always go with a lot of stress and tension. Besides knowing the ending still want to know how the director will achieve the iconic images.

    In the case of "Fruitvale Station" which tell the story of Oscar Grant a 22 year old Bay area resident who will face a tragic moment of 2008 New Years Eve.

    Micheal B Jordan plays Oscar Grant, Octavia Spencer plays his mother. Ryan Cooler the director, use a hand held camera technique and very simplistic cinematic point of view in order to engage with Oscar and his life, as a son, boyfriend and a father, trying to leave a dark past behind.

    The film is powerful with two different kind of pace, slow at the beginning showing his life and struggle and a fast pace the definitive moments of Oscar and his demise on the BART station. The story takes place on the last day of his life, with using traditional techniques of titles to represent the hours of the day or corny transitions.

    Fruitvale Station represents a great attempt to show how life can be affected by a chain of events.

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