Review: Concussion (2015)


Directed and written by Peter Landesman, Concussion is a historical biopic sports drama starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who discovers a similarity between NFL players head injuries and a symptom that was causing former athletes brain damage. Based on Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas, an expose featured in GQ magazine in 2009, the biopic also stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Will Smith continues to chose his projects with careful thought, with the experienced actor delivering a compassionate and sensitive performance that mirrors its subject matter. The plot is a highly interesting topic, with Peter Landesman doing well to stagger the whole narrative over its two hour running time. One of the potential drawbacks for me with Concussion was it’s tendency to over-develop the characters and veer from the subject matter. Concussion has already an interesting, true and very relevant story. When you throw in a convincing and passionate performance by Will Smith you get a feature film that is highly watchable.

Need is not weak. Need is need… You have to be the best version of yourself. If you don’t know what that is you pick something and fake it.” – Dr Bennet Omalu