As a Will Smith fan, I was excited to see the new film he stars in, Concussion. The film is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith), a forensic pathologist, which works at the Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania coroner’s office, and discovers during an autopsy that a former Pittsburgh Steelers center, Mike Webster, had severe brain damage. Over the years, he discovers that other deceased National Football League (NFL) players also had symptoms similar to Mike Webster’s. He concludes that NFL players get brain damage as a result of repeated concussions in the course of normal football play. Dr. Omalu is determined to make this information public to inform other players and the NFL’s leadership of the risks of these injuries. Throughout the movie Dr. Omalu stands by his research and studies, even when he and his family are being threatened. Omalu is pressured to back down from his efforts, but he follows his principles and continues because he believes it is the right thing to do.
I watched the screening of this movie with my sister at AMC Mission Valley and we were both touched by the movie. It has a strong message of principle, honesty, and determination. If you’ve read my previous movie reviews, you know I am a fan of biographical movies based on true stories. This movie is well produced, interesting and educational. It covers some facts regarding the human brain. The movie is considered in the drama-sports category and based on a football issue, but is directed in a way which makes it interesting even for non-football fans. There were several scenes which touched my sister and me and our eyes got watery. San Diegans will appreciate that a former local San Diego Chargers player, Junior Seau, is also included in the end of the film. I recall working at the television station when his suicide occurred in 2012 and how his death touched so many San Diegans, me included. I recommend this film for everyone. It not only covers an important issue affecting many NFL players and other football players, but is a movie of determination and principles. A film about doing the right thing, because it is what your conscience tells you to do. Concussion starts Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Mbatha-Raw, and Albert Brooks. The film is rated PG-13 and playing in theaters now (opened on December 25). I included the movie trailer below. For more information and movie times, visit Concussion.
Hope you enjoy your time at the movies!