I’ve wanted to see the film Concussion for a while, but just recently viewed the film this week. A big fan of Will Smith, I was eager to see his portrayal of yet another protagonist contrary to his previous acting positions. I was not displeased.
Concussion is based on a true story, and is one that hits home for me, a friend of many who have received concussions because of football-related accidents or have otherwise had serious injuries. Based in Pittsburgh, the film follows the cases of several Steelers teams, and tells the story of the NFL’s cover-up of one of the most detrimental injuries a human can face if not properly taken care of. The cinematography in this film is exceptional, and Will Smith does an incredible job as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian doctor who discovers the first case of something ‘fishy’ happening to NFL football players.
It is truly astounding to think about the people who were affected by football-related injuries that were slid under the table or otherwise unattended to. Many of these players died early from lack of healthcare, over-medication, suicide, or other healthcare issues that could have more easily been avoided had NFL physicians sought the root of the problem and adhered to its needs.
I’m disappointed, to say the least, that neither Concussion nor Will Smith received an Oscar Nomination for this film. Critics say it could have gotten lost in the “Holiday Mix” and that unfortunately it will likely not see recognition until the DVD is released later in 2016. Whatever the case, Concussion is a must-see indeed.