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Concussion


0 By Localbuzz 18 Jan 2016 under Movies & Theatre

While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.
 
Release dateDecember 25, 2015 (USA)
Running time2h 3m
MPAA ratingPG-13
The films attempt to marry an earnest public-health expose with a corporate-malfeasance thriller and a sweet immigrant love story never comes together in a satisfying way. Full review
Andrew Barker·Variety
Hardly mandatory pre-Super Bowl viewing for football junkies. But wait. Maybe it should be. Full review
Peter Travers·Rolling Stone
Concussion, which stars Will Smith as a doctor troubled by findings in an autopsy of a former pro-football player, llacks the exciting filmmaking that rises to the level of its outrageous topic. Full review
Manohla Dargis·New York Times
Smith renders Omalu as a pious, if quirky, genius, one who talks to cadavers and decorates the rearview mirror of his Mercedes with a cross. Full review
Stephanie Merry·Washington Post