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Movie Review: Concussion

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Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) is an accomplished pathologist, but when he discovers the correlation between brain damage and football players, his career and family are put in danger.

My thoughts on the film

There was certainly some buzz surrounding Concussion when the trailer came out. Mainly, how it put the NFL in a tough spot. Also, there was that Sony hack that happened, where rumours were flying around on how the NFL was not too happy about this film and either the NFL or Sony decided to edit some of the film to take out any unflattering scenes of the NFL. Either way, we have seen the trailer during commercial breaks in between football games and all is well. At the end of the day, it’s fair to say that this is almost common sense knowledge that repeated head shots would cause some sort of brain damage. But, this is not an article on brain damage. This is about how good Concussion is. Just good.
Concussion-Movie-PosterIf you don’t know by now, Will Smith plays the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian who moved to America who believed America was just below heaven on a scale of importance. However, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that Will Smith could potentially be nominated for an Oscar for his performance. He already has a nomination at the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Drama. I didn’t say he was going to win, but he did a good enough job to get nominated. I’m sure most are having troubles believing him because of his accent in the film, but once the first 15-20 minutes are in, you’ll start to believe it.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of substance past Will Smith’s performance in Concussion. The trailer basically sums up the entire film for you and it’s as simple as you think it is. The pace of the story was all over the place. Sometimes it was at the right pace and sometimes it just happened all so fast. The story itself is great. It is based on a true story and an adaptation from a GQ article, “Game Brain”, which I feel like they could’ve done so much more or at least tighten up the writing. Ridley Scott was supposed to be the director of Concussion, but he ended up being one of the producers, which is unfortunate.

Concussion isn’t anything ground breaking. In fact, it could’ve been a lot better, but if there’s one thing it did, it provided us with an awareness on how severe concussions can be.

Rating 3.5/5

Concussion is simply a film that you will walk out of the theatre saying, “Yes, that was good. Nothing special, but it was good.” And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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