Concussion is a 2015 American biographical sports thriller and medical drama film, written and directed by Peter Landesman. It stars Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Albert Brooks. It was released on December 25, 2015 by Columbia Pictures.
Plot[edit | edit source]
While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu
- Alec Baldwin as Dr. Julian Bailes
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Prema Mutiso
- Albert Brooks as Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD
- Paul Reiser as Dr. Elliot Pellman
- Luke Wilson as Roger Goodell
- Eddie Marsan as Dr. Steven DeKosky
- David Morse as Mike Webster
- Mike O'Malley as Daniel Sullivan
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Dave Duerson
- Arliss Howard as Dr. Joseph Maroon
- Bitsie Tulloch as Keana Strzelczyk
- Richard T. Jones as Andre Waters
- Hill Harper as Christopher Jones
- Matt Willig as Justin Strzelczyk
- Eme Ikwuakor as Amobi Okoye
Production[edit | edit source]
Critical response[edit | edit source]
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 63%, based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews"