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|Contributor||Hill Harper, Paul Reiser, David Wolthoff, Albert Brooks, Richard Jones, Giannina Scott, Will Smith, Ridley Scott, Bitsie Tulloch, Matthew Willig, Alec Baldwin, Columbia Pictures, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Morse, Mike O'Malley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eddie Marsan, Elizabeth Cantillon, Luke Wilson, Peter Landesman, Larry Shuman, Arliss Howard, L. Scott Caldwell, Dan Ziskie, Stephen Moyer See more|
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Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful – and beloved – institutions in the world. With captivating performances by Alec Baldwin and Academy Award nominee Albert Brooks (1987 Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast News).
- Digital Copy Expiration Date : December 31, 2019
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : 47406
- Director : Peter Landesman
- Media Format : 4K
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : March 29, 2016
- Actors : Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Producers : Giannina Scott, Elizabeth Cantillon, Ridley Scott, Larry Shuman, David Wolthoff
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B01B1XA0P4
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,503 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I played from the age of 10 all the way through college. I sacrificed so much, and although I never played a single snap with a professional jersey on my back I always felt like I owed “so much to football” because of all the things “it gave to me”. No matter how many times I hurt myself, not even when I needed a spine fusion in my neck did I change my opinion that football was one of the fondest memories of my youth.
As I watched this movie I remember the moment where my wife pressed paused to ask me, “Hey honey are you okay?” I didn’t even know what to say to her. I said I was okay, but we both knew that what I was seeing had lifted the veil from my eyes. Will Smith does such a masterful job of playing the role of a man who refuses to relent in the face of such a horrendous truth. All of the characters in this movie help us all to see that this is more than just a fictitious story that we get to enjoy and then walk away from. This movie forces us all to face facts and come to grips with something that so many people have refused to see for far too long.
I blame no one but myself for my choices, but this movie has helped give me the lost piece of the puzzle to my life back. It helps me to understand all of the truly irrational behaviors that I have exhibited over the last 20 years of my life. Concussion is more than a movie. It is a gift to countless families who otherwise might lose their sons the same way we lost so many other players to this irresponsible and reckless “sport”. I wish I could meet the writers of this movie so I could hug them and thank them for the boldness of this movie and the message is speaks. Concussion has given my children, my wife, my parents and my colleagues a gift that I never can truly repay.
This is a movie that everyone should watch. Concussion is more than just a movie, it is a revelation, and it absolutely and completely changed my life.
The subject matter is tricky, to be sure. The idea that America's hottest sport can and does contribute to mental incapacities is a tough pill to swallow. The way the NFL is portrayed to have handled the issue lacks compassion and seems to affirm what we all already know - money talks. But do we bare any responsibility in that as fans? As parents of players? As coaches or sports medicine staff? Ultimately, the point is less threatening than it first appears.
Once the discoveries are made, the only thing Dr. Bennet Omalu wanted was for players to be made aware of the risk they take in playing the game with respect to this specific brain issue - CTE. He was not trying to kill the game of football or stick it to the NFL. His expertise in his field led him to make a connection that no one had made before, and it explained a lot of behaviors that grieving family members could not reconcile from their loved ones. It gave these survivors a modicum of peace, and he only wanted to warn future players and loved ones what the possibilities could be. What anyone does with that knowledge is up to them, but don't kill the messenger. (Or intimidate his family.)
The acting was phenomenal. I completely forgot that Will Smith was Will Smith while watching him embody Dr. Omalu. The accent, the lack of showmanship, the humility of an immigrant trying to perfect his craft while wading through American culture and society - it was all compelling and well done. Alec Baldwin was on-point, as were the actors who played Mike Webster and Ceril Wecht. The tragic stories of the players' struggles with the disease, not knowing what the heck was wrong with them, but knowing that something was, were played out tastefully and respectfully, but still with all of the disbelief and shock that we felt when we heard of their real life demises on the local news reports when they happened. The scene depicting the last moments of Justin Strzelczyk's life was especially gripping and heart-wrenching, and I wept for him, his wife, and his kids.
CTE is not without its controversy and nay-sayers, but this movie leaves little doubt of its scientific validity. It is sad to watch, yes, but important to know about. And not just for the world of football. Other sports, the military, law enforcement, etc., can all stand to take in a viewing of this film just to learn.
There are some light moments too! Will Smith acting like he can't dance is laughable if you know anything about him, Dr. Omalu's sincere ineptitude at dating is sweet, and the opening courtroom scene endears us to him right away. And of course, Ceril Wecht has some political zingers...
If you are a Yinzer (if you don't know what that means, you're not one), you will enjoy the video clips of the Steelers, the shots of the city and neighboring suburbs, and one particular scene in The Lamont looking out over The Point from Mt. Washington.
But whoever you are, be sure you see this movie. Your life, or that of someone you love, could actually depend on it.
The main message of the film was that the NFL cared about its profits more than science, medicine and its players. There’s a big scene about this that gets really preachy but it’s still a strong one.
There’s two former football players from the Steelers who are the first cases that Omalu ran into. I think a little bit more time could have been given to their plights. I know as a parent whose son played football in high school and junior college the threat of CTE was always on my mind. My son got two concussions that we know about which freaked me out. Athletes who go onto play pro must run into this even more often and the fact that the NFL didn’t care should be no surprise. This is how huge companies act when they are accused of negligence or wrongdoing.
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This is a powerful film that highlights what the real power of truth. As George Orwell once said, "in times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act". This brave Nigerian-American intellectual and doctor, exposed the dirty secret that NFL was trying to hide for so many years.
Will Smith had done Dr. Omalu a great service. This is the second film (since Ali) that Smith appeared in that a). did not make a profit, but b). became more relevant well after its release. Those type of films are the ones that truly score touchdowns for me because quality always supersedes quantity, and the substance of this great motion picture is profound.
If my review is colloquial then I apologise. But this film is another reminder of what a strong character can achieve especially when facing a Goliath that owns a day of the week.
The cast is excellent with Will Smith’s Bennet Omalu thoroughly believable and some big names even in minor roles.
The subject-matter is disturbing and thought-provoking for many sports: the boxing fraternity (not a sport I am happy with) has acknowledged the sad sight of the ‘punch-drunk’ ex-fighter for generations; American football clearly raises the brain-accelerating/decelerating forces to a new level with its high-speed helmet-to-helmet collisions graphically depicted in the film.
My own sport, Rugby Union football (a player of no great ability but latterly as a medical officer at first-class and international squad level) is not exempt, with today’s players being bigger, fitter and faster and the tactical plays having raised it from a ‘contact sport’ to a ‘collision sport’. The recently-introduced requirement for ‘head-injury assessment’ time-out is to be applauded and the availability in sport of access to CT imaging is to be welcomed but the insidious effects of repeated concussional episodes and the absence of changes on currently available imaging do raise questions. It is hoped that new CT equipment will show detail allowing better information regarding Alzheimer’s and other dementias but whether this will extend to warning of the encephalopathy following repeated impact episodes remains to be seen.
This is an exceptionally well-made film avoiding going over-the-top in its depiction of the size of the problem – huge food for thought.
Loved the film. If you are interested in scientific research around American Football or like me a big fan of the game; then i suggest you watch this.
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