I’ve already shared info on Concussion, a film about the forensic pathologist who found brain damage — most specifically CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) — in NFL players. But here’s what I like to think of as the For Your Consideration trailer. And it doesn’t disappoint. There’s several bits that were in the original trailer, but this re-cut jettisons the 411 aspect and goes straight for the feels. Synopsis!
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.
To prep for this docudrama, I recommend reading “Game Brain”, by Jeanne Marie Laskas, which was published in GQ, and League of Denial, either the Frontline piece and/or nonfiction book by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru.
Concussion hits theaters in December.