Movie recommendation: Fruitvale Station

Movie recommendation: Fruitvale Station

FRUITVALE STATION (M18)

85 minutes

***½

There is no avoiding this film's controversial based-on-true- events story of a white transit cop shooting and killing an unarmed African-American man.

On New Year's Eve 2008, ex-convict Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) wanted to get his life back on track for his daughter and Sophina (Melonie Diaz), his girlfriend and mother of his child. But while riding the train to San Francisco for the New Year countdown celebrations with friends, he finds trouble with an enemy from jail and then with the transit police, one of whom shoots him.

First-time director Ryan Coogler had said it was his aim to dignify Oscar by giving voice and flesh to his life.

This Coogler has done well and the film won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.


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