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Erschütternde Wahrheit (2015)

Concussion (original title)
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In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

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Dr. Joseph Maroon
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Daniel Sullivan
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Dr. Steve DeKosky
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Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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18 February 2016 (Germany)  »

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Erschütternde Wahrheit  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,500,000 (USA) (25 December 2015)

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$34,531,832 (USA) (11 March 2016)
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The second film with Will Smith as the lead role to be released by Columbia Pictures on December 25th. The first film was Ali (2001). Also, he portrayed real-life figures in both of these films. See more »

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The film implies Cyril Wecht's prosecution was initiated to pressure Omalu to drop his research. Wecht was actually indicted three months before Omalu first published his findings. See more »

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Dr. Joseph Maroon: Football is the most popular sport in America because it is so goddamn fantastic. And that, right there?
[points out the window to Heinz Field]
Dr. Joseph Maroon: That is the beating heart of this city.
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Doesn't hit as hard as I hoped
22 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Concussion is a biographical picture that takes place in the early 2000's. The movie starts out by showing these players who freak out and start getting dimentia. Will Smith is a pathologist who starts doing autopsies on these players and discovers that there is a common theme, being repeated head trauma to the brain. The NFL knew about what was going on, but didn't say anything. Will Smith tries to shine light on the situation but the NFL does what it can so that the story does not leak.

This movie was a movie I had been looking forward to for a long time because I thought it was very courageous for a movie to tackle this (pun intended) especially with the NFL playoffs right around the corner. This movie certainly makes a statement, but doesn't pack the punch I was hoping to see. Now this movie is not all bad. Will Smith delivers his best performance to date, which he is already being acknowledged for a golden globes (as he should be). He is phenomenal in his role and is committed. Smith does have an accent, but after a couple minutes, you forget that there even is an accent, and you truly believe he talks the way he does. As for the other performances, they were top notch as well.

Besides the performances "Concussion" is a let down. By the end you will find yourself wanting more. There is so much more you wanted to learn about the matter at hand, that the movie drifts away from. The movie ends up being more about Will Smiths character than the football itself, which is fine, but not the movie I thought I was going to see. But it did take away from the balance of the movie.

In the end, As a quarterback I wanted Concussion to go for the endzone, but it ends up doing more of a button hook.


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