The videos showed the officers had 4 African-American men sitting up against a wall, seemingly asking them questions. The apprehension steamed from an incident on the train ride that occurred between Grant and a Caucasian male. However, no one on the train pointed out the suspects that engaged in an altercation. When Oscar Grant stood up to explain what was going on. He was forcibly taken to the ground and the police attempted to handcuff him. What the police thought was resisting arrest was in fact an error in judgment. Oscar Grant's arm was pinned underneath him and the weight of the officers on him was crushing his arm. Therefore, they were unable to get retrieve his arm from under his body. Eyewitness reports state Office Mehserle said, "Get back, I'm going to taze him." Then retrieved his gun which was on his right side, and shot Oscar Grant in the back. The bullet entered his back went out his front side, ricocheted against the concrete and then punctured his right lung. Oscar Grant was pronounced dead at 9:13 am, at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA.
Michael B. Jordan portrays Oscar Grant and you immediately connect with the character. He is an ex-con with a four year old daughter, struggling to make it on the straight and narrow path. There are profound moments between Grant and his daughter, Tatiana (played by Ariana Neal, who will also be credited for Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story on film this year). The simplicity of life rolled snug into a tight bond between the two of them. There is nothing like the innocent love and forgiveness of a daughter as she begs for her parents (Mother: Sophina played by Melonie Diaz) not to go out. Grant makes promises of tomorrow that will never come.
Grant being the misunderstood male that is often misplaced and misguided seems to have one solid focus and that was to make it right between himself and his family. You watch the struggle within himself and in the pursuit of correcting his past mistakes. Mistakes that catch up to him quickly and unexpectedly.
The day in the life filming aspect is choppy and allows you to feel as though this is a real-life documentary, written and directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Forest Whitaker. Even though it is a reenactment, you genuinely feel like you are living this last day with Grant. From the emotion that is displayed with an abandoned dog to the laughter with Tatiana, the displayed struggle isn't fake it is portrayed and represents what men go through everyday. Including a scene where Grant becomes heated in his persistence to get his job back. Harley thought he was trying to hit on the female customer as he tried to help her, but in reality he is trying to prove that he very much wanted his job back and was willing to prove it through customer service. A very endearing moment between himself and the customer.
The camera phone evidence tells a story that should open American eyes to the reality that comes in lower income neighborhoods. (Widely known as and referred to as Ghettos) It is clear that the apprehension was targeted by seeking individuals of color. There wasn't any questions asked from train riders to see if they apprehending the right suspects. There seemed like brutally force for citizen's that weren't being charged and there wasn't any rights read during any of the time these guys spent against the wall.
We rated this movie as 4.25/5 Joker cards because of the abrupt ending and fragmented holes in it. This movie is a MUST-SEE and regardless of where you live, this movie will touch you. Unless you are like some of the people we overheard as we left the theater talking about "What was the point of going to the movie and walking out depressed". I was taking back by that comment. This movie is based on real events. It is important that people understand that going into the theater.