‘Fruitvale Station’: Trailer for acclaimed Oscar Grant film arrives

Fruitvale Station (originally titled Fruitvale) was one of the most acclaimed films to emerge from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. And now its official trailer is available online.

The movie, which stars Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) and is directed by Ryan Coogler, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film.

It dramatizes the last hours in the life of Oscar Grant, a real life black youth who was shot and killed by an Oakland transit cop early on New Year’s Day in 2009.

The film is considered a likely contender for awards nomination this coming winter and its being hailed as a real breakout role for its young star.

“As Oscar, Jordan at moments gives off vibes of a very young Denzel Washington in the way he combines gentleness and toughness; he effortlessly draws the viewer in toward him,” wrote Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter.

And the movie itself is winning raves.

“Made with assurance and quiet emotion, this unexpectedly devastating drama based on the real life 2009 shooting of an unarmed young black man at an Oakland Bay Area Transit Station impressed everyone as the work of an exceptional filmmaker,” wrote Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.

Fruitvale Station will open in U.S. theaters on July 16th.