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Fruitvale Station [Blu-ray] (2013)

Michael B. Jordan , Octavia Spencer  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Melonie Diaz, Chad Michael Murray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E1LQRWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut with this drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year's Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers. Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and Kevin Durand co-star.

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Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life January 15, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film was hard to watch because I knew the horrible conclusion. It is heartbreaking, but Michael B Jordan somehow makes it more so with his performance as the flawed hero. He and the director brought to life a young man struggling to overcome his own mistakes and the obstacles our society places in front of young black men from the inner city. I am not one of those young men but this film briefly brought their world to life for me.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy at Fruitvale Station August 10, 2013
By C. Tsao
Format:DVD
An independent film written and directed with stunning effectiveness by newcomer Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station is based on a true story, and even though its story of an unarmed black male who is shot on New Year's Day, is pulled from national headlines, the film is a character study of the choices in life and how a cruel twist of fate intervenes. It lingers in the heart and mind long after the end, and as such is one of the best films of the year.

We witness video footage of police rounding up black youths at a transit train station, and while the suspects are on the ground and restrained, a gun goes off striking one of them in full view of witnesses. What follows is a flashback account of the final day of Oscar Grant's life and the events leading up to New Year's Day 2009. Amid the backdrop of the Oakland Bay area, Oscar (Michael B. Jordan in a breakout performance) is a young black man whose background is a mix of prison, drug dealing, and failed jobs amid a serious relationship with his girlfriend, Sophina (Melonie Diaz), and their little daughter. He loves his family especially his mother (Octavia Spencer is rock solid) and vows to make a better life for them. It is New Year's Eve, and he helps to prepare his mother's birthday celebration. Just as he is on the brink of a new start, fate intervenes at a transit station and a deadly encounter with police.

Oscar is a man who has a conscience and a sense of responsibility. On the one hand he is portrayed as a devoted father, a passionate lover to his girlfriend, and loving son to his mom, and yet he lies to his loved ones and is in constant turmoil. It is affecting to see that he genuinely wants to leave behind his broken life and get a second chance.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see January 23, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
This film was incredible. Very moving. It has a bit of a student-film feel to it in parts, but the story is so intensely told that you can over look that. And I am appalled that the young leading man did not get any nods for this role - Oscar or Golden Globe. He was amazing. You have to see this film - just bring tissues.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A small but very important movie September 20, 2013
Format:DVD
Living in the Bay area one could not have avoided the story of Oscar Grant, and his totally unnecessary tragedy.

The story of him being shot by a BART police officer while face down on the ground at an Oakland BART station, on New Years day 2009 sparked a series of riots there.

Happily, a movie has been made which brings the situation more fully to light, and it raises questions about, for example, profiling, civil rights for black people, and the simple issue of justice. Around the same time the movie was released the George Zimmerman trial was in progress and decided. The acquittal of George Zimmerman on the grounds of self defense in the slaying of Trayvon Martin sparked outrage, and national protest. Unfortunately, one of those protests was in Oakland where there was property damage and injuries inflicted on innocent people.

May I say, the movie does not start out promising, it is low budget, and looks it, however as it went along I was totally transported by it knowing its dreadful end. Some of the storytelling elements are clunky and obviously manipulative. Undoubtedly, this was done to make the character look more sympathetic, but the story could have achieved the same effect with less manipulation.

Told in a non linear fashion we are not always sure where we are in the scheme of things. Oscars has faults, and the movie does not attempt to hide them. If it played up only those faults, there would be a danger of stereotyping. Go too far the other way and it's manipulative. Yes, he had substance issues, yes he did time, yes he lost his job because he was unreliable. But these are not the only things that define a character.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Thinking-Man's Movie February 18, 2014
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While not the most exciting or thrilling movie I've seen all year there are definitely merits to FRUITVALE STATION. I vaguely remember this event and paid little attention to it as I live in the Pacific Northwest far from the hullaballo of the Bay Area in California. This slice of life movie deals with the main character's last day, which happens to be New Year's Eve. We get to know his family and friends and all the important players in one man's life.

This is a sad commentary on our society. Other's have already described the plot so I will spare you the retelling. This is a thinkiing person's movie. It will leave you pondering our society and questioning the motives of those involved. This is not a movie that will leave you feeling uplifted or good about yourself. There seems to be more questions than answers at the end. An okay movie but not one I would want to watch again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It Was Okay
Published 4 days ago by Charles Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wow this movie should be used as a serious part of police training.
Published 5 days ago by Julia P. Nash
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Michael B Jordan was the only good part. He tried to save this poorly written movie.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Product, came in exactly as promised! Thank You!
Published 19 days ago by DHill1616
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 20 days ago by Just my opinion
1.0 out of 5 stars ... read my review- actually it deserves 6 stars- a wonderful movie-...
I am giving it one star only to get you to read my review- actually it deserves 6 stars- a wonderful movie- as at Ferguson- only the outrage and mobilization of the community to... Read more
Published 23 days ago by moby pablo
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing acting by Michael B
Amazing acting by Michael B. Jordan. This true occurrence certainly reveals an unfortunate racial crime, Though many may degree. Read more
Published 26 days ago by RJC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was such a great movie & seems to be depicted pretty well to reality. It also gets very emotional at the end
Published 1 month ago by Smallz
4.0 out of 5 stars sad to see such bad things that happen in this ...
It was a real life situation that went wrong, sad to see such bad things that happen in this world.
Published 1 month ago by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie and a true story (mostly).
Published 1 month ago by John W. Lawrence
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