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.