Spoiler-Free Movie Review: Concussion
The film that the NFL doesn’t really want you to see hits theaters on Christmas Day. I watched the film last night and I was pleasantly surprised with how interesting it was. Initially, I didn’t expect to even stay awake through the film but once it was over I was left craving more. I’m convinced Will Smith can play any character role that there is.
‘Concussion’ is about forensic neuropathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith). Omalu made the first discovery of CTE. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as sub-concussive hits to the head. The film shows how Omalu first discovered the disease and the things he must endure while trying to share his findings with the world. As you could imagine, anyone profiting off of players constantly colliding head to head is not going to like this very much.
Now moving on to what I didn’t like about the film. Even though the film was 2 hours long, I felt like there just wasn’t enough time. I would’ve loved to see more of Omalu’s backstory. I get that the film is basically about him taking on the NFL and his endurance through it all but it still seems like there’s so much missing. This film is Omalu vs. the NFL, that’s pretty much where it starts and ends.
While watching this film you will go through various emotions. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get upset, and you’ll cheer. Some parts you might even get slightly disgusted if you’re not used to the medical field. It’s a film that men & women will both enjoy, there’s something there for everyone. It’s not the top film in theaters right now but it’s certainly worth watching on date night. ‘Concussion’ is “Terry McFly Approved” and I wouldn’t mind watching it again.