Fruitvale Station
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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),… More
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"Michael B. Jordan is simply brilliant in his portrayal of Grant, whom Coogler presents as a generally happy, if complex and somewhat troubled young man."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It's hard not to watch Fruitvale Station with a coiled dread... Yet, Coogler's greatest achievement may be in reminding us that Grant was a work in progress with people who loved him in spite of his flaws and because of his hopes."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Coogler's realistic debut recreates Grant's final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"You might expect a film about the real-life shooting of a young black man by a white cop to burn with outrage and fury, but writer-director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station is notable for its restraint and compassion."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Brilliantly observed and very moving."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"The intimacy of debut writer-director Ryan Coogler's approach to the film and the no-frills, believably real quality of the main performances combine to drive the senselessness of Oscar's killing home with visceral impact."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"You wonder if Coogler would have felt freer had Grant somehow lived that night, if the director weren't put in a position where he felt the need to honor the dead by bringing him to dramatic life. But he believes in his ambition."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"There's a sincere clarity that Michael B. Jordan achieves from beginning to end. Raw and proficient in delivery, his performance places him near the top of the most exciting actors to watch."
‑ Clayton Davis, AwardsCircuit.com
"With his debut feature, writer-director Ryan Coogler recreates a real-life event with remarkable artistry."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"It focuses on its subject's humanity and assesses the tragedy on a personal rather than explicitly sociopolitical level. However, the way in which it fleshes out Oscar's character makes it an acutely political work."
‑ Ashley Clark, Sight and Sound
"Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut."
‑ Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
"We feel the death on the platform so acutely not because it's a stupid act of randomness, but hardly untypical racist violence, but because we've come to love this man."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"Flawed though it is by overstating the obvious, Fruitvale Station is also sensitively acted and well-intentioned."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"The air of impending disaster (we open with the notorious mobile phone footage) culminates in a harrowing final act that is both chilling and heartbreaking."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The problem with Fruitvale Station isn't that it is so dense with foreboding but that foreboding is the only register it has."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
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