Wednesday, November 11, 2015

AFI FEST REVIEW: Will Smith-Starrer 'Concussion' Argues Case Against NFL

With earnest biopic "Concussion," investigative journalist-turned-writer-director Peter Landesman ("Parkland") constructs a strong argument against the NFL's callous dishonesty about the dangers of football. (Clearly a flurry of stories suggesting the opposite were not based on seeing the film.) Will Smith is moving and believable as brilliant and obsessive Nigerian neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the concussion-related disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which has driven many pro football players out of their minds. Dr. Omalu's reward: to be professionally destroyed and forced out of Pittsburgh by the mighty NFL. Like Boston-set...

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