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Film: Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station (previously known as simply Fruitvale) is a 2013 film written and directed by Ryan Coogler about Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who decides to spend New Year's Eve 2008 getting a head start on his New Year's resolutions, including improving his relationships with his mother (Octavia Spencer), girlfriend (Melonie Diaz), and daughter (Ariana Neal). As he crosses paths with friends and strangers over the course of the day, everything comes to a head with a fateful encounter with the police on the Fruitvale BART station.

Based on a True Story, the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before moving on to the Cannes Film Festival, playing to great reviews in both venues, with much of the praise given to Michael B. Jordan's performance in the lead role. It was given a limited release in theatres on July 12, 2013.

The trailer can be seen here.

Tropes Applying to Fruitvale Station include:

  • Bottle Episode: The entire movie (aside from a brief flashback to when Oscar was in prison) takes place over one day.
  • Call Back / Call Forward: Oscar's death is similar in many ways to the dog that died earlier in the day. They both were killed by people who were callous and careless, both had done nothing wrong, hadn't seen the attack coming, both even bled from the mouth. They were also comforted by strangers on the scene, the dog by Oscar and Oscar by the police supervisor.
  • Disaster Dominoes: A former co-worker recognizing him on the train leads to a former inmate also recognizing him which leads to the brawl that later gets him shot.
  • Foregone Conclusion: As it's based off the infamous real life shooting (shown at the beginning via camera phone footage), you know Oscar's going to die at the end.
  • Foreshadowing: Tatiana worries about guns and her father's safety, and he reassures her that everything will be fine. He's wrong.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: After being released from prison, Oscar tries to get his life together, only to be killed afterwards.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The cop's reaction after shooting Oscar.
  • Oscar Bait: Tragically misunderstood young man makes amends with his family and friends only to get killed by the police. The Academy was unimpressed.
  • Pop-Up Texting: Oscar's texts and various other cellphone functions (like searching his address book) are displayed in pop-ups.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When the girl who Oscar helped in the store spots him on the train, she cheerfully calls out to him...and draws the attention of Oscar's nemesis, who initiates a fight with him, which sets the tragic events of the evening in motion.


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