Every once in a while Will Smith does something to remind us all that underneath all that blockbuster flair, he really is a very good actor, and Concussion might just be the next example of that. Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life forensic pathologist who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease caused by repetitive head trauma that’s made headlines in recent years due to the suicides of former NFL stars who suffered from it. The film chronicles Omalu’s efforts to spread awareness about the disease, even as the NFL battles to silence him.
From the looks of it, the film will be a powerful reminder of the dark side of sports, and features a supporting cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. If we’re lucky, this could be the next display of Smith’s greatness.
Concussion arrives in December, just in time for Oscar season. Pure coincidence, I’m sure.