not actually sure what the point of this movie is. oscar grant was a flawed guy and he was killed when he shouldn’t have been. the tragedy is that he was only 21. say what you will about his past and what got him into this situation, but the brain isn’t even done growing until 25 so it’s always a shame to me when someone’s life is done (whether they’re in prison for life or dead) at such a young age. after 25 i pretty much figure that people are getting what they deserve. before that and it’s more of a tragedy.
anyway, the film was pretty good on its own. i thought they did a balanced job of portraying what happened (though him saving the pit bull wasn’t real). it makes mehserle look incompetent more than anything else; which i happen to agree with. pirone is the one who looks like the real aggressor and problem here. he’s the cop who came in like a bull in a china shop and escalated everything. this is why we need more women cops, especially more women officers. if the woman on the scene was the one in charge i doubt any of this would have happened. regardless of sex, though, cops need more training on how to de-escalate this stuff.