This movie is based on a true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Oakland, California Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit Station (BART).
Oscar is a man down on his luck and probably had some bad decisions in his life, but after his daughter was born, decides to clean up his life.
This is not a long movie, and it takes place on the last day of 2008. The movie follows the last day of the life of Oscar as he met a series of events which actually builds his character up and makes you feel for the character.
The interaction between the character felt very real and you can feel the joy and mischievousness of Oscar and his experience on the last day. There was several humorous parts, and even though you may already know the ending, you will still feel the outrage that such an incident could happen.
Oscar's mom told him to take public transportation when he goes to watch the fireworks and he followed her instructions, but unfortunately he met an enemy from prison and had a scuffle. The fight was not even the severe as may know, the train was very crowded (during new years) and no weapons were involved. But the transit police came and tried to arrest people involved in the fight.
Then the whole ending came as an officer claimed he mistook his gun for a tazer, shot Oscar and killed him.
The movie was very well directed and indeed, very very sad. Several people in the cinema cried, and many people swore not to take public transportation again.
The pacing of the movie was a little slow at the start, but if does get you to know the characters and their struggles before the abrupt end.
I'm not a love story fan or a sob story fan but it is a Great Movie. (But may make you sad the whole day)
-- Robin Low