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25th December
2015
written by Adam

Highly decorated pathologist and immigrant from Africa, Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) makes a horrific discovery as to the impact of brain damage sustained by football players who suffer repeated concussions while playing the game. Publishing his findings Omalu finds himself square in the cross-hairs of the NFL, a battle that will take support from medical friends Dr. Bailes and Dr. Wecht (Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks) and his soon to be wife Prema (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). Where can this possibly go? concussion Directed by Peter Landesman this true David and Goliath story comes at a time in the year when nearly every NFL team has suffered several losses due to injury, giving pause to think about just how violent, dangerous, and lasting the impacts of football really are; as a dialogue opener a perfect lead in has been found. While the overall ensemble plays well, Smith’s portrayal of Omalu almost melds completely, compliments to the dialect coach, and for Smith could this be a refreshing new start pushing towards more serious roles? Furthermore the pedigree of the film is clearly aimed at awards season with score by James Newton Howard, Cinematography by Salvatore Totino, and editing by William Goldenberg. Worthy of your time, Concussion is rated PG-13.

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