Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordon) woke up on the morning of December 31, 2008 feeling that there was something wrong. He couldn't put a finger on it but he knew something was out of whack. Oscar was an ex-con. He had spent some time in prison and he had made some enemies while he was there. When he got out of prison he tried to do the right thing. He wanted to be a good father to his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal). He wanted to be a good man to his baby girls mom Sophina (Melanie Diaz). He wanted to be a good son to his momma Wanda (Octavia Spencer). Problem is though, for the last two weeks he had been unemployed. He had gotten fired from his job.
Today was his mothers birthday. He went and bought her some crab for dinner. He bought her a card. He just wanted it to be special for her. His day started off with him dropping off the girls at school and work. He was supposed to hook up with a friend and sell some dope but he got second thoughts and dumped it in the bay. He didn't want to go back to prison.
The day was a weird one for Oscar. When he was pumping gas a stray dog came up and they played a bit. A couple of minutes later the dog was hit by a car and died in his arms. Oscar came clean with Sophina about losing his job. He was tying up all the loose ends and he didn't even know it.
His mom's dinner went off without a problem. He, his girl, and some friends went into the city to celebrate New Years Eve. They took the train to be safe so they wouldn't have any problems with drinking and driving. They have a great time and were on their way back home when on the train Oscar ran into a skin head he had known in the joint. They talked trash and started to fight. Oscar and his friends are blamed for everything. They were black.
This movie is a commentary on the way some cities in America do business. If your black your wrong. Director Ryan Coogler has brought to you a final tribute to Oscar Grant. A man who was trying to turn his life around and never had a chance to succeed. If you do nothing else go see this movie.