Oakland born writer/director Ryan Coogler takes a big step into the feature film world with this ambitious, well-realized urban drama. His script lays the blueprint. It's perfectly detailed. With deftness he sets Oscar's persona in cement.
Quiet, stirring, enraging and sometimes quite funny, Fruitvale Station, which took the two top prizes at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a snapshot of the dialectic of race in America, told from the viewpoint of a member of the underclass, chasing the American dream.