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Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE in football players, and the uphill battle he faced in bringing the information to the public.
Publisher: [Culver City, California] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Con
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Jul 24, 2020

Was his findings based on brilliance or necromancy? Oh how easily witchcraft is placed in the story lines and because many are unfamiliar with this world, what witchcraft is, and the number of individuals practicing witchcraft, it is overlooked. An African doctor speaking to spirits, finding what no other leading pathologist could? Just a thought.

Jul 02, 2020

The title certainly lives up to a dictionary definition: "a stunning, damaging, or shattering effect from a hard blow; esp: a jarring injury of the brain resulting in disturbance of cerebral function." (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, 1 a definition).

A difficult, but necessary, movie to see, as one considers participation in the sport of football. That is, as the movie reveals: ". . . banging heads --- it's not a natural thing."

So, "Ready, Set, Hut" . . . In this movie, be prepared to consider the abnormality of one's brain function (called CTE, or Chronic traumatic encephalopathy) after repeated physical head injuries.

Humans do not have the built-in shock protection to withstand repeated blows to the head, as the Cape gannet bird, the red-head woodpecker, or the bighorn sheep do. And do football helmets actually offer "maximum protection"? Decide for yourself after watching "Concussion."

Jan 26, 2020

Wow! I was floored. Based on a true story...this film Concussion describes the incredible journey by Nigerian Dr. Bennet Omalu (wonderfully played by Will Smith) who uncovered a shocking revelation about the damaging effects football collisions have on its players. I watched it TWICE. Second time with commentary and the "Making Of" twice too. Highly recommend.

Dec 17, 2019

The plot moves a little slowly, but Will Smith's performance is outstanding as the compassionate, disquisitive pathologist who asks the deceased to tell him their story before dissection. Smith drops his usual swagger to portray the humble, but quietly proud and formidably intelligent Nigerian-American doctor who had the scientific curiosity to pursue the problem, the naivety to take on the NFL, and the integrity to stand his ground despite intimidation and denigration.

Nov 26, 2019

I could give 7 stars to this movie! Scrip, performance and the courage to show what’s true about a beloved sport. Will Smith is superbly identified with the role. Thanks for making movies like this...

Jul 14, 2019

A few days ago, I saw Frontline and they presented information on this very subject. So when I had a chance to get this DVD, I snatched it up - and I'm not disappointed. Will Smith moves away from playing the same actor in other films to do a superior job in this one, and between this movie and the Frontline episode I don't think I'll be looking at sports in the same way again.

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

~ Roger Goodell

Apr 16, 2019

Based upon a 2009 GQ article, Game Brain, written by Jeanne Marie Laskasin, regarding the discovery of an accomplished Pittsburgh pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu. He was able to connect the conditions of head trauma of football players to their cause of brain damage which would not show up on normal CT scans.
Great performance by Will Smith, keeping an Nigerian accent all the way through. The film does a good job in showing how difficult it was for Dr. Omalu and the few other doctors that supported the science, behind his medical findings. The scandal that they faced was due to backlash from the football fans, and the denial, deviance, and power of the National Football League (NFL).
Special Features on this DVD has interviews of the real people involved, as well as a clip of actor Will Smith, stating that he wanted to make this film since his son was getting interested in football.
Dr. Bennet Amalu has a co-authored a 2017 book, Truth: Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports. Forward by Will Smith.

Jun 24, 2018

This movie is based on a true story & Will Smith did an outstanding acting performance. The movie is about concussions that happen in football and the medical results of these concussions that occur many years later (dementia, suicide, etc). The movie documents all of the Dr's research & trying to work with the NFL. Sure makes you think a little differently about little league football and watching the game.

Very well acted, and thought-provoking. It's nice seeing the depth of Will Smith's acting ability, when he cares to show it.

Feb 12, 2018

Just finished watching this movie for the second time, watched it this time for a school assignment (biological psychology). Some of the deceased players are mentioned in our textbook.
A powerful movie, great acting. Did not find it boring at all. It's really tragic what American football does to its players. Unfortunately I cannot grasp what kind of excitement this sport offers to people. It is only brutal and absurd to aim on each other's heads. And that's called a sport? I wish it was abolished for the sake of the players, who put in risk of life even their families, when suffering from CTE.
Shocked there are newspaper articles attacking this movie for twisting the facts. Done some research and considering the testimony in the special features at the end of the movie (please watch it, there are real individuals discussing this case), I found only one inaccuracy: Dr. Omalu named the CTE in this movie, however the CTE was already known in the scientific field. But credit given to Dr. Omalu for discovering the link between American football-concussions and - CTE.
We need more individuals like Dr. Omalu. We have to fight for the truth no matter what.

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Jan 18, 2018

Dr. Bennet Omalu: Need is not weak. Need is need... You have to be the best version of yourself. If you don't know what that is you pick something and fake it

Jun 20, 2016

Many quotes in IMDb already as:

Dr. Cyril Wecht: The NFL owns a day of the week. The same day the Church used to own. Now it's theirs.


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