Blu-ray Review: Concussion
By John Corrado
★★½ (out of 4)
Based on a true story, Concussion follows the research of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), a Nigerian immigrant and celebrated pathologist in Pittsburgh, who found evidence of severe head trauma in the brains of football players who died prematurely from suicide. But the doctor faced severe pushback from the NFL when he tried to release these findings, as the organization did everything in their power to try and silence his warning.
Will Smith delivers a fully committed performance and does a solid job of carrying the material, and Concussion can be affective on a scene by scene basis. But the storytelling feels too rushed to leave much of an impact as a whole, including a somewhat underdeveloped romantic subplot with a fellow immigrant (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).
The entire cast delivers solid performances, and Concussion is an alright medical drama that recounts an undeniably important story. But I can’t help but feel that this material might have benefitted more from being adapted into a mini series, where different aspects of the story could have been more fleshed out, and felt less like a mere overview of these events.
The Blu-ray includes commentary with director Peter Landesman, deleted scenes, and two featurettes.
Concussion is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release. It’s 123 minutes and rated PG.