Fruitvale Station

Subscribe to Michael B. Jordan alerts

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 85 mins

In Theaters: Friday 26th July 2013

Box Office USA: $16.1M

Box Office Worldwide: $16.1M

Distributed by: The Weinstein Company

Production compaines: Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project

Reviews 5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Fresh: 174 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Ryan Coogler

Producer: , Nina Yang Bongiovi

Starring: Michael B. Jordan as Oscar, Octavia Spencer as Wanda, Melonie Diaz as Sophina, Ahna O'Reilly as Katie, Kevin Durand as Officer Caruso, Chad Michael Murray as Officer Ingram, Christina Elmore as Ashae

Fruitvale Station Movie Review

With his debut feature, writer-director Ryan Coogler recreates a real-life event with remarkable artistry. Even though the factual story is overwhelmed with emotion and political opinion, he never lets either swamp this film, remaining earthy and realistic in ways that allow the audience to experience what happens in a startlingly intimate, complex way.

Set over one day, New Year's Eve 2008, the film follows Oscar Grant (Michael B\. Jordan), a 23-year-old on the cusp of some pivotal life choices. He loves his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and their young daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal), so knows he has to stop dealing drugs and chasing women. This morning he lost his job just before throwing a birthday party for his mother (Octavia Spencer). And now he's heading across the bay to San Francisco with Sophina and his pals to celebrate 2009. But on the way home, a fight breaks out as their train pulls into Fruitvale Station, and two transport cops (Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray) take heavy-handed action to calm the situation.

The film opens with actual video footage of the fateful moment, as captured on a witness' mobile phone, so there's no surprise about where this is heading. Even so, the climactic sequence is so shocking that the emotionally devastation is almost unbearable. As is the outrage that police are allowed to profile racially, which in this case turned an easily resolved situation into something fatal. Amazingly, Coogler never loses his cool, fluidly writing and directing with a grounded honesty that makes everything that much more urgent.

The actors are also superb. Jordan is utterly transparent as a hot-head who's trying to be a better man, likeable but deeply flawed, with jarringly realistic chemistry opposite Diaz and Spencer, both of whom also deliver awards-calibre performances. Everyone on-screen is complex and authentic, refusing to fit into boxes as heroes or villains. And while the film has important things to say about racism, economic inequality, injustice and religious fanaticism, it's not actually about any of those things. It's about a single moment in history that must never be allowed to happen again.

Rich Cline

Click here to watch Fruitvale Station trailer




Subscribe to Michael B. Jordan alerts


Fruitvale Station Rating

" Essential "


More Michael B. Jordan

Entourage Trailer

After making a name for themselves in Hollywood, Vincent Chase and his entourage of friends from Queens have finally made a movie. The only problem...

Bastille - Oblivion [Live] Video

Bastille perform their single 'Oblivion' live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta. The track followed Platinum hit 'Of The Night' and featured...

HAERTS - Interview Video

Brooklyn band Haerts released their self-titled debut album this year, and here they talk about how they first got into music, their lifelong friendship and...

Mark Ronson - Daffodils ft. Kevin Parker [Audio] Video

Mark Ronson will finally unveil his fourth album 'Uptown Special' on January 26th 2015 through his new label deal with Sony Music. He has teamed...


Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin [Live] Video

Meghan Trainor performs her latest single 'Lips Are Movin' at one of her favourite places in the world: an aquarium. The song features, alongside smash...

Bastille - Things We Lost In The Fire [Live] Video

Live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta, Bastille perform 'Things We Lost In The Fire', the final single from their debut album...

HAERTS - Be The One [Live] Video

Haerts perform an intimate live rendition of their song 'Be The One', taken from their self-titled debut album released in October 2014 through Columbia Records....

ScHoolboy Q - Hell Of A Night Video

ScHoolboy Q released his first number one with third album 'Oxymoron', and he now unveils the video to its latest single 'Hell Of A Night'...