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Concussion (2015)

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In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Director:

Peter Landesman

Writers:

Peter Landesman, Jeanne Marie Laskas (based on the GQ article "Game Brain" by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Dr. Bennet Omalu
Alec Baldwin ... Dr. Julian Bailes
Albert Brooks ... Dr. Cyril Wecht
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Prema Mutiso
David Morse ... Mike Webster
Arliss Howard ... Dr. Joseph Maroon
Mike O'Malley ... Daniel Sullivan
Eddie Marsan ... Dr. Steve DeKosky
Hill Harper ... Christopher Jones
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Dave Duerson
Stephen Moyer ... Dr. Ron Hamilton
Richard T. Jones ... Andre Waters
Paul Reiser ... Dr. Elliot Pellman
Luke Wilson ... Roger Goodell
Sara Lindsey ... Gracie
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Storyline

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Even Legends Need a Hero See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Game Brain See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,513,749, 27 December 2015

Gross USA:

$34,542,474

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,623,572
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to Mike Webster's death, during the worst of his CTE-related mental health difficulties, this movie shows him alone in his truck (where he has started living) when he removes his pants and applies a Taser-style electronic weapon to his own heavily scarred leg. Although the movie never provides an explanation for this action, articles on ESPN.com and in GQ covering Webster's death and Bennet Omalu's research explained that Webster did this to himself because at that point in his illness, he was unable to fall asleep, but the Taser would at least render him unconscious for periods of time. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Omalu is looking for a CT Scan of Mike Webster, his assistant hands him a MRI Scan instead. On a CT Scan you see bone as white, and on a MRI you can't see bone. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bennet Omalu: [on Dr Wecht's indictment for misuse of a fax machine] They could not come up with something this stupid in Nigeria!
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Soundtracks

In The Darkness
from Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Written by Harry Gregson-Williams (as Harry David Gregson-Williams) and Lisbeth Scott
Performed by Lisbeth Scott
Courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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I really wanted this to be a great movie ....
9 January 2016 | by michael-57888See all my reviews

Concussion isn't a bad movie - however, with the real-life implications of the story and subject matter this could have been a hard hitting dramatic tour de force.

Instead it is a passable drama. There were many missed opportunities for making it even more dramatic without taking overdramatizing. Some of the scenes with one Dr. explaining the medical condition another Dr.in the most simplistic terms - clearly the writer chose this format for explaining the condition to the audience, but it just seemed strange.

Will Smith's acting was top notch.

The writing was not. Landesman is probably a very good investigative journalist, but needs to hone his chops as a dramatic writer.

I found Alec Baldwin unconvincing as his character - this could have been either a deficit in directing or acting.


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