A young African American man by the name of Oscar Grant has just come out of the big house and is trying to turn his life around. After recently losing his job for tardiness, and then dumped his large marijuana stash in the ocean which was suppose to pay his bills, the young man puts himself in a tough spot. Nevertheless he still wants to enjoy the New Year with his baby mama, and let go of his troubles for a few hours. After a night of partying with his friends, he encounters a former white supremacist inmate that disrespected him and his mom in Jail. A fight breaks out, the police are called, and while Oscar and his friends are in custody, law enforcement “accidentally” shoots someone.
If you are in the mood for a depressing story and a heavy plot point that drags on and concludes on a sour note, this one is for you. The story is based on actual events that took place in 2009 at Fruitvale Station in Oakland,California, and the actual phone footage is shown at the start of the film. This brings the audience to the point of knowing what is about to happen before it does, which ruins the element of surprise all together. This is beside the point, as the events and story arcs leading up to it are the real focus, which are unfortunately generic and lack any originality for this type of urban tale.
Already having a shortage of creativity, the lead actors performance is not believable as a young man who grew up in the hood. What made matters worse is when his “strait from the hood” friends came onto the screen, you could tell he had to overcompensate to even partially blend in. No matter how many “brahs” he proclaims and other street references strait out of the urban dictionary, his preforming art school colors bleed right onto the screen making it very hard to watch without chuckling.