“Concussion” trailer hits hard

concussion onesheet“You’re going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week!”

D-eeeee-yam.  That’s some heavy stuff right there. Concussion — with its focus on repetitive head trauma’s horrible consequences for athletes — is definitely gonna be a hot topic this awards season, and this football season.

Does this film have For Your Consideration written all over it?  Of course.  But this trailer got to me.  Maybe because the PBS documentary League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis was so moving.  Maybe because Will Smith is looks like he’s all-in with his performance.  (I’m also glad to see Gugu Mbatha-Raw, whom I’ve adored ever since Belle.) Perhaps it’s simply heartbreaking to think about all the people irrevocably damaged due to a sport I sometimes enjoy watching.  Go local team!

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.

Concussion hits theaters Christmas Day, 2015.

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