Concussion

Posted on January 5, 2016

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Concussion – Based on the true story of Dr. Bennett Omalu (Will Smith), the highly educated Nigerian pathologist who discovered that repeated head injuries during football play can cause severe brain damage. He named it CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Omalu has a number of degrees but it seems to me it don’t take no mental heavyweight to realize how right he is. Yet NFL fought with everything it had to discredit him and to run him out of town. Eventually its leaders had to listen when one of their own committed suicide and left a note stating Omalu’s findings were correct.

Former Steelers doctor Julian Bailes (Alec Baldwin) called it a mindless, violent game then softened it by saying there is a kind of beauty and grace in the players’ movements. There’s beauty in a tsunami wave, too, but it’ll still kill you.

The fact that the NFL has enough power to get the FBI to harass Dr. Omalu’s superior, Dr. Cyril Wecht (Albert Brooks), is very scary indeed. One person stated that it would take only 10% of mothers to say that football was too dangerous for their kids to play to shut the whole game down. I’m guessing there’s way too much money involved for the players or the league to make any changes. So mommas, it’s up to you.

This is Will Smith’s best role since Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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