If you don’t know of this fresh face from television series like my hometown’s own , The Wire (2002-2008), Friday Night Lights (2006-2011), and movies such as Chronicle (2012), and Fruitvale Station, which was freshly released nationwide this past Friday; then I must ask you to hide under the nearest boulder with no breathing space. Michael B. Jordan, the 26-year-old hunk of chocolate goodness, has wowed many viewers across the states with his outstanding performance in Ryan Coogler’s independent film, Fruitvale Station. This movie is based on a true story in regards to the fatal killing of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland, California. The shooting of Oscar Grant took place on New Years day of 2009 in the early hours. Being that this movie was released around the same time the Trayvon Martin trial was being televised it received even more recognition and Oscar Grant was represented along with Trayvon Martin in many rallies around the country.
Michael B. Jordan executed the role of Oscar Grant. I believe that he was the perfect candidate for that role. I was anticipating seeing Fruitvale Station for a longtime because, I knew that it was going to be a good film, although the situation wasn’t a good one the acting would definitely draw you in. Not to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it but, it is definitely a tear jerker. I cried like a new-born baby towards the end of the movie. Any movie that can get a tear out of me deserves an Oscar. All of the stars of this movie (Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz)did a splendid job with their parts. So splendid that I will be going to see it a second time.
I’ve been reading reviews about Fruitvale Station and what caught my eye was the fact that many have compared him to the great and legendary actor Denzel Washington! For someone who is as young as Michael to be compared to someone so great even made me happy and gave me hope being a young woman aspiring to be great in what I do. I would give Michael B. Jordan’s performance in Fruitvale Station five stars because it was beyond the expectations of your “usual” independent film.