Concussion (DVD)

A picture of Dr. Bennet Omalu near a football field
Will Smith
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Saturday, Sep 17, 2016

Will Smith is Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist working in a Pittsburgh hospital. When an NFL Hall of Famer shows up dead, Omalu notices something strange about the way he died. After asking for samples of his brain, Omalu discovers something he names CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). When more football players end up taking their lives after experiencing similar symptoms, he goes to the NFL with this information. They not only ignore him, but try to discredit him.

Concussion is extraordinarily well done, factual without being sensational, and places before the public a very serious problem intimately connected to the country’s national sport. Even though there is much more attention being paid to concussions in youth sports, I believe this movie will heighten parents’ awareness of their children’s sports injuries. This was a great performance by Will Smith, and overall a very highly recommended movie.

Colleen O.

Written by Colleen O.

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