Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Well, I hope you all had a very happy holiday season. As we approach the New Year, it seems like every film critic and fan out there are putting together their lists of best films of the year. While this isn’t that list, this film looks as if it could possibly be making that list.
Concussion stars Will Smith and Alec Baldwin. It is the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian doctor that is very skilled at his work. He makes a discovery that repetitive head trauma, specifically from football, causes extreme memory loss and change of character later in life. For obvious reasons, the NFL wants to cover it up. The film really focuses on the discovery of this disease, and the fight to make it known to the public. This film looks as if it could be real Oscar-bait, but how does it live up to expectations?
I really enjoyed Concussion. The biggest surprise of the whole film is that it’s not a football film. The trailers made it seem like we would get quite a bit of sports-action in this film, and there was very little if any at all. This is very much a medical drama with a hint of a sports film and a dab of politics.
What this film didn’t do was sugarcoat anything that happened. It was very up front and honest about everything that went on. Some of it is even a bit unbelievable. Also, it does a good job of showing both sides of the story. You really understand why the NFL doesn’t want people to know about this, but you also understand why people need to.
By far, the best part of the film is Will Smith’s performance. He absolutely nails the Nigerian accent. It was a bit jarring at first simply because it didn’t sound anything Smith’s voice that we’ve grown accustomed to. But, it’s not his accent that makes the performance. The looks on his face and the pure emotion in his voice really drive his performance home. I do feel that the film as a whole would be significantly less impressive without him.
The film was left a little bit open-ended. Which is fine with a lot of films, but it didn’t really fit with this one. Mainly because it’s based on a true story. If this were fictional it almost would have felt like they left it open for a sequel, which obviously isn’t going to happen. The lack of a resolution made the film feel a little empty.
There were several scenes throughout the film that were very powerful. Usually, a movie is lucky if it has one extremely powerful scene. Concussion has at least three of those scenes in it. These scenes made this movie exponentially more interesting every time they would appear.
The cinematography also piqued my interest. Often, shots focused exclusively on a characters eyes or mouth. It was a very good idea because the dialogue that was spoken and the emotion conveyed were both great. These shots really focused the audience’s attention on them.
Concussion is a very good film. It’s not quite Top Ten worthy, but I would still recommend it highly. Will Smith’s performance alone makes the film worth seeing. It didn’t have much of a resolution, but the dialogue and cinematography are both impressive.
So what did you think of Concussion? Were you as impressed by Will Smith’s performance? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this review, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so check back later this week for a few special Top Ten lists!
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