The old adage goes that where there’s a will there’s a way, but in recent years, a more accurate version would be that where there’s a Will (Smith) there’s a bad movie. Fortunately though, after a string of box office and critical bombs, the getting-slightly-stale Prince of Bel Air righted the ship considerably with slick con-man drama Focus. Now Smith looks to be keeping that resurgent momentum alive with Concussion, the upcoming true story drama in which he plays the Nigerian born American doctor who goes to proverbial war with the NFL after he discovers and exposes the cases of severe and dangerous brain trauma affecting several of their prized athletes.
There’s a new trailer out for the flick, showing off Smith’s admittedly slightly dodgy Nigerian accent, but also what looks to be a solid drama about a controversial (it’s believed the NFL already convinced Sony to cut some more damning scenes) and hot button topic. Check it out below.
Concussion is based on the David vs. Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth behind the devastating malady, Omalu’s quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports but also by people who challenge the status quo as it exposes the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of sports.
Concussion was written and directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland, Kill the Messenger) and also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse, Albert Brooks. It is scheduled for release in the US on Christmas Day, and hits local screens a week later on 1 January 2016.
Last Updated: November 9, 2015