Fruitvale Station Friday, 03 April 2020

Fruitvale Station

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence, coarse language and drug use.

  • The pitch:

    A journey is cut short.

  • Starring:

    Michael B Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O'Reilly, Ariana Neal

  • Directed by:

    Ryan Coogler

  • Running time:

    85 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Real video footage and re-enactment of man being shot and killed. People are punched, kicked, restrained, thrown to the ground, dragged, threatened. Brawling, police brutality. Reckless driving, fare evasion. Drug conviction, involuntary manslaughter, stolen wedding ring mentioned. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Fatally wounded man. Gunshot wound, bloody chest, bleeding. Fatally wounded/dead animal. Blood on animal, blood on ground, blood on clothing. Bruising. Man on stretcher, IV drip. Internal bleeding, lung removed mentioned. Corpse.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple in bed together (foreplay). Kissing (female-male; female-female). Infidelity discussed. Nude man (genitals not seen). Shirtless man. Skimpy clothing, woman in lingerie, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, wine bottles). Smoking (cigarettes, joint). Bag of marijuana. A man smokes a marijuana joint. Drug-dealing.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, b*tch. Name-calling. Racial, cultural, religious references. Joke about homosexuality.

  • THEMES:

    Innocence, tragedy, murder, mobile phone communication, New Year's Eve, regret, family, relationships, friends, future, revelry, fate, public transport.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased husband/father/son/friend. Prison, hospital settings. Medical procedures (shrapnel removed, blood transfusion, oxygen, blood bags, breathing tube). Job loss discussed. Dog. Fireworks, firecrackers. Refrigerator of raw fish, crab prepared and eaten. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Compelling, political, timely, tragic, riveting, gut-wrenching, important, extraordinary, magnificent, outstanding. Extraordinary direction, outstanding performance from Michael B Jordan, superb cast, solid production credits. Humanises Oscar Grant without glorifying.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Heavy on symbolism and positive characterisation.

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