At the Movies – Concussion

2016 At the movies February 2016 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the February 2016 Edition

Starring:    Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse,

Director:   Peter Landesman

“In Pittsburg, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.”

I was interested as much in the science of this story as I was in the movie itself. Many of us have seen a good deal of media coverage on sports players suffering from the effects of game collisions and not just the game of football. The movie works with the character of Dr. Omalu and in great detail we begin to understand the ramifications of concussion in our various beloved sporting games. This movie focuses on football but the theory holds true for hockey, boxing and so on.

Will Smith who portrays Dr. Omalu is truly engaging. With the cadence of his African accent, his gentle and respectful treatment of his subjects in the morgue, he conveys an intelligent and sensitive persona that wins you over. I quickly forgot the Will Smith of comedy and light hearted banter. He was really believable and this garnered him a best actor nomination for a Golden Globe award. The support of the co-stars in this film rounded out the story well. By the time the movie ended I was unexpectedly won over by ‘Dr. Omalu’ and not at all surprised by the Golden Globe nomination. He deserved it.

IMDB has rated this movie at 7.1/10 stars based on 11,972 viewers.

I think it should be higher.

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