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Trailer For Ryan Coogler's Celebrated Drama 'Fruitvale Station' Surfaces

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 10, 2013 7:30 PM
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"Fruitvale"

Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler's multiple award-winning Sundance Film Festival drama, was acquired by The Weinstein Company and will be released on July 12

Based on the 2009 murder of 22-year old Oscar Grant, the film stars Michael B. Jordan, who is joined by Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand and Melonie Diaz, with Forest Whitaker producing.

Anticipation is high for this one, and July 12 can't come soon enough, I'm sure.

An awards season push by TWC is also very likely.

Zeba Blay reviewed Fruitvale Station for S&A after screening it at Sundance; In short, she dug it. Read that review HERE.

Not much else to say, except, get excited, because here's your first good look at the good-looking film (you'll find the first poster underneath as well):


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16 Comments

  • mantan | May 13, 2013 7:59 PMReply

    i want to see this.

  • Mike P. | May 13, 2013 1:35 PMReply

    Love the premise of the film, but I think the trailer could have been better. The shots selected convey basic urban drama with shots of the neighborhood, angry youths etc. I’d prefer more powerful dialogue and emotion as well as more intense/dramatic music. Still pumped to support the film though.

  • SAVANNAH MORGAN | May 13, 2013 9:02 AMReply

    No Brainer I would be inclined to agree w/u however, lets be revisionist for arguments sake and conclude that our dear brotha had survived the catastrophic events on the night in question. Now take ur argument and propose that in front of a "jury" of his peers....

    From a screenwriter standpoint letting his warts show creates a dubious, albeit flawed protagonist aching to turn his life around. Which makes him 1. relatable 2. someone to root for, but at the end of the day I think we a agree that he didnt deserve to lose his life in such a manner.

  • NO BRAINER | May 12, 2013 2:34 PMReply

    I love this trailer. The best I have seen coming from black cinema since, I can't remember.

  • Yup | June 23, 2013 2:29 PM

    Agreed. Intense and vibrant. I hope this film does well.

  • Yup | June 23, 2013 2:29 PM

    Agreed. Intense and vibrant. I hope this film does well.

  • SAVANNAH MORGAN | May 12, 2013 9:02 AMReply

    uhhh brutha Wayne were you watching the same trailer as the rest of us... in a short span of time I witnessed him stuffing weed in his pants & being involved in a fight on the train (instigated by gang ties from the looks of it). There there, looks as if they didn't forget his sordid pecadilloes, rest easy.

  • NO BRAINER | May 12, 2013 2:46 PM

    In all fairness, gang ties and getting involved in fights doesn't suggest a bad character. Maybe his gang ties were watered down, and his fighting on a train can be out of self-defense. And some of the best people I have ever met sold a little weed. It depends on how the filmmaker and the actor executed in their respective jobs at telling this story. But you cannot ignore the review of one critic who said, "Even if every word of Coogler's account of the last day in Grant's life held up under close scrutiny, the film would still ring false in its relentlessly positive portrayal of its subject." Still, I want to see the movie and the trailer looks great.

  • Wayne Michel | May 12, 2013 12:41 AMReply

    I'm sure this will completely ignore the fact that Oscar Grant was a multiple time criminal, had been causing trouble that night, including violence. Certainly does not justify his unfortunately death, but let's at least be real about the type of person he was.

  • AccidentalVisitor | May 12, 2013 7:10 PM

    Please tell us what type of person he was since you have such a grasp of the situation and can look into the hearts of dead men.

    This type of bullshit post is the sort of thing I expected ever since the movie made its Sundance premiere. It is going to be "Hurricane"-like backlash all over again. Of course when it comes to stories based on real life events, the actions of the main white characters can get white-washed all the time without anyone giving a damn.

  • NO BRAINER | May 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    Funny enough, some critics had complained about that very thing, accusing the filmmaker of making "an ode to victim's rights, Fruitvale forgoes nuanced drama for heart-tugging, head-shaking and rabble-rousing." I still want to see it.

  • Girl, BYE. | May 12, 2013 5:54 AM

    I wanna see the receipts.

  • lauren | May 11, 2013 1:54 AMReply

    Great Trailer!

  • Sweeta | May 10, 2013 10:29 PMReply

    Wow! I got chills...can't wait.

  • CAM Jr | May 10, 2013 10:26 PMReply

    Looks great! I'm lookin' forward to this film and The Butler.

  • Beemooree | May 10, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    Wow. That was intense. Kind of sad. I'll be in the theaters

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