Concussion

 (6,023)7.12 h 2 min2015X-RayPG-13
The true David vs. Goliath story of Dr. Omalu and his quest that puts him at odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.
Directors
Peter Landesman
Starring
Will SmithAlec BaldwinGugu Mbatha-Raw
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Arliss HowardPaul ReiserLuke WilsonAdewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeMike O'MalleyDavid MorseAlbert BrooksL. Scott CaldwellHill HarperRichard T. JonesEddie MarsanStephen MoyerBitsie TullochMatthew WilligDan Ziskie
Producers
Ridley ScottGiannina ScottDavid WolthoffLarry ShumanElizabeth Cantillon
Studio
Columbia Pictures
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Jacob MoralesReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Movie That Changed My Life
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This movie has absolutely changed my life and in a way that I was simply not expecting. Like so many young boys in America I was raised by a father who loved football almost more than anything else in his life. From an early age I spent most of my weekends in Fall/Winter watching “the game” and watching the admiration of my father as he tried to live vicariously through the players on the screen. I knew from the age of 7 that I needed to be a football player so I could make my dad proud, and be one of those people that he was watching on the TV.

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.
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William a BourneReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A sad day for the NFL
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Wow. This movie should had been considered for more academy awards! The NFL and football establishment needs to change tackling techniques. Let's hope more change will occur. The doctor who discovered the issues of concussions had no agenda or ax to grind. A great movie to watch and understand what is happening!
48 people found this helpful
Stavis Bay USAReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
NFL is big business...the players make the business work...are real people, with real lives, families...and deserve better!
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Outstanding portrayal of this amazing, honorable, and determined Doctor, who speaks out on behalf of the people he serves! Will Smith is most believable in this role and shows the goodness of this man! My favorite part of the movie is near the end when he speaks to the powers that be, showing honor to those lost as he also acknowledges the wonder of the game of football, the game so many have grown to love! He asks so gently that the 'business' of football also acknowledge the risks to those individuals/players that do the work, on the field, each and every game. Life after the game matters!
Definitely worth a watch!
30 people found this helpful
JohnReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A riveting drama documenting a true story you won't want to miss!
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A riveting drama documenting the true story of how one simple, but brilliant man doing his best each day can turn the world upside down by accidentally exposing one of the biggest tragedies and cover ups in American history. His reward for discovering and publishing the truth about the devastating long-term effects of head trauma from football was to incur the wrath and power of the NFL. Especially poignant is it all began in my home town, Pittsburgh, PA and with one of the players I grew up admiring, Mike Webster in a sport I personally played through college at Penn State. One of the most inspiring and most tragic story lines in the movie is how it took an immigrant to teach us what America is suppose to be. Don't miss this movie, you won't regret it.
25 people found this helpful
Mike PowersReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Concussion:" a brilliant biographical drama about the doctor who discovered CTE.
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Last year, I watched the 2013 PBS Frontline episode “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” and read the Fainaru brothers’ non-fiction book of the same name. I recently decided to watch the movie “Concussion,” which is a brilliant biographical drama about Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who originally discovered the degenerative brain disease now linked to many former NFL players: chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

“Concussion” tells the story of how Omalu, a brilliant Nigerian-born forensic pathologist and neuropathologist, discovered what he later named as CTE while performing an autopsy on Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Webster, the retired Pittsburgh Steelers center who died in 2002 at age 50.

Peter Landesman’s screenplay shows the tension that developed between Dr. Omalu and the National Football League (NFL) after Omalu published his CTE findings. The optimistic and idealistic Omalu honestly thought the NFL’s senior leadership would thank him for bringing this terrible disease to their attention. Instead, two successive NFL Commissioners and batteries of league-appointed doctors and lawyers steadfastly denied any linkage between CTE the deaths of football players. They attacked not only Omalu’s findings, but also Omalu himself, calling him a “quack,” questioning his professional competence, and even threatening him and his family.

My overall reaction to “Concussion” is very positive. Written and directed by Peter Landesman, “Concussion” includes among its stars Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, David Morse, Albert Brooks, and Arliss Howard. I share the view of many that “Concussion,” although not without its flaws and controversies, is certainly a brilliantly acted, written, and directed film.

Will Smith delivers an especially praiseworthy performance as Dr. Bennet Omalu, as does Gugu Mbatha-Raw as his gentle, loving wife Prema Mutiso. Other performances of note include Baldwin’s portrayal of Dr. Julian Bailes and Albert Brooks’ depiction of Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Cyril Wecht.

I like “Concussion” so much that I recently added it to my Amazon Video digital streaming library. Highly recommended.
12 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
NFL like big corporations never want to admit that they're wrong
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Concussion is the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) who discovered that NFL football players were suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) due to hits on their head while playing. It caused massive changes in their personalities, brain damage and sometimes death. Dr. Omalu went up against the multi-million dollar professional football business who felt like his findings were a threat to their livelihood.

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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Julie K.Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Phenomenal and Thought-Provoking
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As a huge football fan, a huge Steelers fan, a huge Will Smith fan, a resident of Pittsburgh, and a student of brain diseases, I could not wait for this movie to come out! I went the first weekend it opened in theaters, bought it when the DVD came out, and have recommended it to countless people digitally. Needless to say, I have seen it several times.

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.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazon did good work with Whole Foods, but streaming NFL? C'mon Amazon, don't sell yourself for money.
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I'm glad the studio executives approved this film. There really should be more films like this each year, considering there are comic related films released almost annually. For example, Spider man. How many times do we need to see a new version of Spider man or Batman? Rather, create and release more educational films that create one to question and think about certain things that people fail to question. If a remake of this film is released annually, in comparison to pointless "kid flicks," the NFL would go bankrupt. After seeing this, I will never support the NFL, EVER. I was once a fan of the NFL, and I'm sure there was a time when football was about pleasure, but it is a apparent to me that once it grew it popularity, and generated revenue, greed became involved. It's actually sad to see a good concept as Amazon, becoming involved with the NFL, and showing streams of NFL games. Is that really what Amazon is about now? Revenue, rather than the concept? I love the idea of merging with Whole Foods, seeing as it promotes a healthy, good, lifestyle, but how does Football?
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