“The NFL owns a day of the week. The same day the Church used to own. Now it’s theirs”
- What is this movie about?
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.
- Why should you watch it?
First of all, I was unaware about this topic, which is understandable. So I wanted to watch this film to get to know about it and I was not dissapointed at all. The topic is really interesting, specially if you think that it did indeed happen. The story is well told, not fore a moment you feel bored (altough it might not be of your interest). But still, it has a good rhythm and is good to see something different.
Then we have Will. Will smith does an amazing performance of the not so normal doctor taking charge of these cases (doctor aka pathologist). Typical situation, you discover something by chance and then you did indeed find something! We is terrific and is a pitty he didn’t got any more nominations for his wonderful job.
Why has this movie been so ignored in the awards race? It’s about sports. It’s about someone finding something that someone doesn’t want to know. We have Will smith in it. We have a good story. But, oh! Of course! This is no Moneyball. No Brad Pitt in it, so no worth any Oscar nomination although Will does a fantastic job! Shall we keep going with the #OscarsSoWhite thing? Just think about it…
- Did you know?
– To prepare for the movie, Will Smith and writer-director Peter Landesman observed autopsies being performed, including two done by Dr. Bennet Omalu.
– Adapted from the GQ article “Game Brain”, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.
– The actual scientific article that brought CTE in football to light is “Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a National Football League player,” published in Neurosurgery. 2005 Jul;57(1):128-34. The full author list is: Omalu BI, DeKosky ST, Minster RL, Kamboh MI, Hamilton RL, Wecht CH. An abstract of the article is available at the US National Library of Medicine website (PubMed) and the full article is available from the journal’s publishers (for a fee).