‘Concussion’

concussion-will-smith-new-posterThat makes it 3:1 for the month of February. Four biopics with fascinating stories, three that have gone seriously wrong in the translation to the screen. Documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict and Trumbo failed miserably:  Steve Jobs was a dramatic tour de force.

Add Concussion to the former. Accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in (American) football players – a whistleblower the NFL were keen to discredit.

Will Smith (Men in Black, I Robot) is convincing as the Nigerian doctor but the film is a mess, a confused mishmash of David and Goliath, love story and social racial commentary that totally misses its intended mark. Like his previous film, Kill the Messenger, Peter Landesman appears to root out exceptional stories but fails to deliver exceptional films.

Rating: 41%

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