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A Movie That Changed My Life
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2016
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.