Thursday, February 23, 2017

Concussion (2015)

Director: Peter Landesman

Stars: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Mike O'Malley, Paul Reiser

While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.

I am not a football fan at all, so the knowledge of this movie was completely lost on me. I mean, I knew nothing about it. You would think that a football player getting hit over and over again in the head would do some damage on down the line. I think this idea would be common knowledge. I guess it was not known for a long time.

The movie was not bad, but it could have been so much better. This was a drama. The movie was not that dramatic at all. There were some scenes where characters' voices were raised and tempers flared, but not enough of them were included in the movie. Even the deaths in the movie were more calm with less emotion. You just wanted more from a drama based on reality.

The cast was really good. I am not a fan of Will Smith, but he was really good in this movie. He had the accent down. You would have thought he was from Africa. Alec Baldwin was great as he always is in dramatic roles. Albert Brooks proved again that he is great in dramas. He can do so much more than comedy. He needs more roles like this.

The worst part of this movie is the whole story behind it. The NFL wanted to deny that football players are perfectly safe after getting hit in the head time and time again during games and practices. It just showed how little the people that runs the NFL do not care about the players after all. They only care when they can play, but if they get hurt so bad that they can no longer play, then they no longer care about the players. It is all about money and nothing else. If you are no longer making them money, then you are done. It is really sad.

This was a pretty good movie to watch. It is a bit slow most of the time, so you really have to stay with the movie. This movie is worth watching once. I do not really see this movie being a person's favorite movie, but you just never know. Enjoy.

Concussion (2015) Trailer

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