Moving account of a true story. Shows Oscar Grant in real life trying to get his life together and having a tough time doing so, but with a good heart and potential as a young husband and father. A New Year's celebration with his girlfriend and other friends goes to hell when a guy he used to have feuds with in the state pen recognizes him and attacks him, starting a brawl on a train car. When cops try to control the situation, it escalates, and Oscar may have made it worse by not cooperating fully with the cops. Whatever his issues, and he had a few, he didn't deserve to die that night.
But questions of possible excessive force remain on the case, and it's timely to watch in light of the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. Ultimately the goal of the producer, director and cast was not to vilify but to understand, and the advantage of getting this in DVD is we get to hear their comments in interviews. Includes 2011 Best Supporting Actress Oscar award winner Octavia Spencer as Oscar's mom.