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.