Looks like Will Smith has traded in his Suicide Squad costume for scrubs in his upcoming film Concussion. Directed by Peter Landesman, this American sports drama follows the struggles of forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu as he discovers Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of two NFL Players – which later leads them both to suicide and ignites a battle between Dr. Omalu and the National Football League (NFL).
“Sometimes in life, you’re asked to leave it alone… and sometimes you can’t” are the words that trail behind the slow and thrilling music of this film’s trailer. By the looks of the tension-filled shots that fill the screen as the trailer plays, Concussion’s storyline will bring us a very powerful story that is sure to move those who love football.
Not only is the film based on a true story, but it was also inspired by Jeanne Marie Laskas’ GQ magazine article “Game Brain.” It is a dramatic depiction of the NFL’s efforts to deny the problematic consequences that result from repeated concussions as Dr. Omalu makes these consequences known in order to save lives; he has “turned on the lights and given their boogeyman a name.”
Alongside Will Smith, the star-studded cast includes Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser, and Luke Wilson. If you’re in any way interested in American Football, I’d say this film will be a big hit for you.
Concussion will hit US theaters this December 25.