Reel Talk: ‘Fruitvale Station’

by Justine Love, contributing writer
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arrives at the New York premiere of FRUITVALE STATION, hosted by The Weinstein Company, BET Films and CIROC Vodka on July 8, 2013 in New York City.

arrives at the New York premiere of FRUITVALE STATION, hosted by The Weinstein Company, BET Films and CIROC Vodka on July 8, 2013 in New York City.

This movie quietly debuted without much fanfare, but it is one of the most thought provoking films to hit the big screen in a while.

If you are a parent, take your children, and be prepared to have a discussion about social injustice and inequality.

Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler, tells the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year old Bay area resident that has an epiphany to make a positive life changing decision. On December 31, 2008, his life changes forever. This movie will take a toll on you mentally and emotionally.

Oscar award winning actress Octavia Spencer portrays Grant’s no-nonsense mother, Wanda. Melonie Diaz (Sophia) plays his girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. Ariana Neal (Tatiana) plays Oscar’s 4 year old daughter. The intuitiveness of this young child really adds to the emotional drama of this tragic night.

This movie will have men and women reaching for tissues. Grant’s story devastated and galvanized residents of the Bay area. It truly is informative and an eye opener.

This may be one of the most under-rated movies of the summer, but it is definitely a must see!

Get your tissues, take your children, and be prepared to have a discussion.

See you at the concession stand.


Justine Love is the director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Washington, including WPGC. Check back for more Reel Talk reviews.
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