‘Fruitvale Station’ Opens Same Weekend as Trayvon Martin Verdict Reached

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In a weekend that saw ‘Despicable Me 2‘ beat out newcomers ‘Grown Ups 2‘ and ‘Pacific Rim‘ for box-office supremacy, but Sundance Film Festival favorite ‘Fruitvale Station‘ also opened to great reviews and good returns given it’s limited release.  The Forest Whitaker produced debut from 26-year old debut director Ryan Coogler deals with the events that culminated in the shooting of  unarmed African-American youth Oscar Grant by a police officer at a San Francisco transit station in 2008.

Grant died of his injuries and the officer who shot him was convicted of involuntary manslaughter but only served 11 months in jail.  The movie came out on the same weekend that a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, causing some critics to draw parallels between Grant’s death and Martin’s.

Here’s a trailer for ‘Fruitvale Station‘:

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award as well.  Michael B. Jordan‘s portrayal of Oscar Grant is already causing some to speculate that he may be up for an Oscar come awards season.  The film was released July 12th and BET is going to air a special about the film in the coming weeks.

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