STEVE REFLECTS: THE FILM ~ FRUITVALE STATION

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Fruitvale_Station_LARGE-POSTERIf you asked me what my biggest fear of dying was I would tell you drowning but in watching Fruitvale Station I remembered that I have an even bigger fear than drowning – dying in transition.
 
Based on a true story, what is ed Fruitvale Station is the account of Oscar Grant’s (Michael B. Jordan) last day on earth leading up to being shot and killed by BART (Bay
Area Rapid Transit) police on New Year’s Day 2009. The movie was pieced together by points of contact Oscar had on that fateful day via his cell phone. In between text messages and phone calls, rehabilitation Oscar (a 22-year-old two-time convicted felon from Hayward, California) was taking steps toward living a life in which he could always be there for his daughter, Tatiana (Ariana Neal).

 

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Credit: The Weinstein Company

By knowing how the movie would end, it was tortuous watching the events of the day that put Oscar in BART custody at Fruitvale Station. Family events, positive events, new lease on life events. Oscar resolved, through actions, not to carry the mistakes of his previous years into 2009 only to be muted by the bang of a gunshot. It was a poetic injustice for Oscar to be killed during his transition while the world was in one of its own into a new year.
 

Credit: The Weinstein Company"

Credit: The Weinstein Company”

At the end of the movie I found myself thinking about things I didn’t want to think about, too close to home things. Things like what’s the value of a human life? Is it the same or does it vary? If it varies then how is a life appraised? How was Oscar’s life appraised? With my collective nerve still raw from “the verdict”, absorbing Fruitvale Station was emotional to me beyond words. Already numb, I watched the culmination of the movie paralyzed seeing how little life is valued anymore.
 

Bruh. (Word to Oscar Grant, III)
 

Steve
 

Disclaimer: I am an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.
 

 
Release Date: In Limited Theaters NOW (limited)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Ryan Coogler
Screenwriter: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna
O’Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ariana Neal

 

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