Will Smith‘s most recent motion picture Concussion opened up in theaters on Christmas day, and it has been receiving a number of mixed reviews. The film is based on a true story, detailing the life of a expert pathologist of African descent, uncovering a disease that many national football players inherit from enduring countless concussions throughout the span of their career.
Some critics have made comments about Smith’s portrayal of Pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu. He is an African-American actor embodying the character of someone who was born and raised in Africa, so I’m sure there must have been hurdles to encompass the culture barriers. Most proclaimed that his African accent did not seem authentic.
I have seen the film, and not knowing much about the ins and outs of the football world, I thoroughly enjoyed the story-line. Without spoiling it for those who have not seen the movie, it really did shed light on why football is deemed so “Godly.” In watching Smith play Dr. Omalu, it was interesting to see how someone as professionally established as he could remain so invested in a country that had not truly accepted him as an American.
In addition to that, the message of standing up for what is right and placing light on hidden demons was very clear throughout the movie. It is a very motivating and uplifting film. I would definitely recommend seeing the movie for the start of 2016.
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
– Alexander Hamilton
Check out the movie trailer here (via Youtube), it is in theaters now: