Michael B. Jordan (no, not the NBA legend/wannabe baseball player/Looney Toons co-star) is a name you need to get used to hearing quite a bit. The Chronicle star has been popping up on just about every single shortlist in Hollywood lately that asks for somebody possessed of a Y-chromosome. Most recently (and infamously depending on your level of racial prejudice) he was even attached to playing Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot.
Most of this attention, is as a result of his star making performance in the Sundance Festival smash hit, Fruitvale Station, a trailer for which is now finally available.
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), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.
Judging from all the praise that I’ve seen being heaped on this film so far this year, I think its safe to say that despite it’s great use of escalating tension, even that trailer doesn’t really do justice to the film’s emotional impact. Jordan apparently has a monster of a breakout performance that will kick you square in the gut. And you’ll love every aching moment of it.
Fruitvale Station will be pulling into cinemas on a limited release on July 12, 2013.
Last Updated: May 14, 2013