Monday, January 11, 2016

Concussion (2015)

Director: Peter Landesman. Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Paul Riser, Luke Wilson. 123 min. Rated PG-13. UK/Australia/USA. Biography/Sports.

The true story of how a Pittsburgh-based Nigerian neuro-pathologist in 2002 discovered "chronic traumatic encephalopathy", a neurologic disease caused by repetitive head trauma (football, boxing) - and how the NFL tried to silence him, similar to how tobacco companies persecuted whistle-blowers. A well-developed and engaging medical drama, with superb editing and a surprising acting turn by Will Smith, which is bogged down by minor nuances (some undeveloped secondary characters, questionable close-ups on characters' hands). If football is ever unraveled in the US, this film will be go down in history as the starting point.

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