Believe it or not, but sports such as American football are rather dangerous. After all, when you have a field of two dozen men who weigh about as much as VW Beetle on steroids, decked in armour and regularly causing flesh collisions every time they play a game, somebody is bound to get hurt.
And by hurt, I mean suffer debilitating brain damage. And that’s something that the NFL apparently wanted to keep covered up, as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repeated hits to the head, raised safety concerns about a massive sport where huge man-mountains butted heads on a regular basis.
Enter one Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), a Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist who worked to raise awareness of the issue. Here’s the first trailer for the true story, which actually has a decent bit of editing compared to all the other true story movies out there.
Concussion also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson,Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse and Albert Brooks. Peter Landesman directs for a Christmas day release.