In Theaters: Concussion


Main Plot Points:

  • Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.
  • Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.

What We Thought:

  • First off, let me say that Will Smith is absolutely fantastic in Concussion. His performance alone makes the film worth watching, and I truly hope he gets nominated for an Academy Award for his role here.
  • That said, it’s a shame that Concussion is so incredibly boring.
  • It turns out there are some events that don’t need entire movies to be made about them. Concussion is one of those examples. Basically, it boils down to this: Doctor discovers football related brain injury, NFL isn’t happy about it, NFL eventually accepts that it’s real. That’s it. Nothing more happens here.
  • Because of that, the film has very little in the way of dramatic high or low points. It just sort of meanders along and then ends with a whimper rather than a bang. The cast is great, but there’s just not much for them to do except sit around and talk a lot.
  • As much as I loved Will Smith in Concussion, the film would have been much better served if it was a simple one-hour documentary rather than a major Christmas-Day theatrical release.