Directed and written by Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B. Jordan as the main character Oscar Grant III, Melonie Diaz as his girlfriend Sophina, Octavia Spencer as his mother Wanda, and Ariana Neal as his daughter Tatiana. A very capturing movie of what goes on in this world today, a young African American named Oscar Grant III played strongly by Michael B. Jordan. He's young and troubled just trying to get away from his past, and a father at a young age pushes him to do right by his life and change for the better. A very heart breaking film but very relatable to what happens on a day to day basis. Police violence based on racial profiling. A movie that keeps us on our seats as well as opening our eyes.
Most films now a days aren't very relatable but this isn't the case when it comes to this film. We can feel his emotions, his struggle, and his attitude through the scenes of the movie. He begins with a negative attitude towards things but we see it slowly unfold into a motivated attitude to change for the better. We can all relate to this, because I know I can. We realize that we need to improve ourselves because it holds us back from being a better version of ourselves. In Oscar's case he was a teenage father to a daughter that needed a role model and a father figure. This couldn't be if he continued to live the street lifestyle he did, so change was necessary. We see his progression and how happy his family was to witness him improve. But along with change, things get in the way or disrupt our transition. This being closer to the end of the film when Oscar is with his friends trying to enjoy the end of a crazy year, an altercation breaks out on the train when Oscar and an ex-inmate meet face to face once again. This altercation leads to the train coming to a stop, and authorities being called.
Oscar and the others are seated along the wall in cuffs while authorities talk to them, this is a very heartbreaking scene and hits home for minorities. In this scene we witness authorities beating on Oscar and his friends for getting into an altercation on the train. Oscar and the police officer are talking and what the police officer supposedly sees as resist of arrest, leads to him pinning Oscar to the ground. The officer reaches for what he thinks is his taser, instead us his gun and he shoots Oscar. At this point bystanders have recorded the whole event. The officer is stuck in shock because he's realized that he did the wrong thing, and it's recorded. This hits home because as minorites: African Americans, Hispanics, etc. We grow up and witness the things like this in our neighborhoods. Racial profiling, and it leads us to have hate towards authorities. They kill most of us off because of the way we look and what they assume. Some are just trying to change, be different, or make it out the neighborhood without losing their lives. But how could change come when people like that officer ruin it for one? Then all, hope is lost witnessing events such as this. Seeing the last scene upset some of the viewers, or broke their hearts because this is an accurate play by play of what goes on in urban areas or for minorities on a daily basis.