Concussion (2015)

concussionDirector: Peter Landesman

Writer: Peter Landesman (Screenplay) Jeanne Marie Laskas (Article)

Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Arliss Howard, Mike O’Malley, Eddie Marsan, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer, Luke Wilson


Plot: 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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Event Changing Film


Story: Concussion starts as we meet Nigerian Doctor Bennet Omalu (Smith) a pathologist who has a slow method when he examines the dead, his boss Dr Cyril Wecht (Brooks) wants him to become more traditional quicker. We meet former NFL star Mike Webster (Morse) who has been struggling since retiring as have his team mate Justin.

As Bennet opens his doors to Prema (Mbatha-Raw) a successful African looking for a start in America, we see how Mike is falling further into a mess as his Dr Julian Bailes (Baldwin) is running out of ideas before he finally dies. Bennet is assigned to figure out why this once hero has died to give the how state a final answer to what happened. What he learns could change sports from a medical stand point forever.

Concussion shows how one sport can cause so many issues later in their life. We get to see how a neutral was the one person that was willing to push the limits against the NFL. We get to see how to see how the players are getting ill moments before their deaths. We don’t get into the NFL side enough as we only focus on Bennet’s story which is slightly disappointing. This is an important story because it shows yet another cover up in America


Actor Review


Will Smith: Dr Bennet Omalu is the Nigerian pathologist living and working in America, when one of his town’s favourite players dies he is assigned to examine the body, while examining the body he learns about the brain damage the NFL players are suffering from which could easily change the game forever. Will gives one of his best performance in many years here.bennet

Alec Baldwin: Dr Julian Bailes is the former NFL doctor who couldn’t understand why he former players were acting the way they were. Once Bennet releases his research he teams up with him to turn his much loved sport into something safe again. Alec gives us a great performance in this role.

Albert Brooks: Dr Cyril Wecht is the head of the hospital in which Bennet works, he lets Bennet take these chances to make sure he can protect further injury even if it puts his own career in danger. Albert gives us a good performance which is perfect in the supporting role.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: Prema is the young African woman who comes to live in America where she gets asked to live with community man Bennet, over time the two fall in love which makes her the strong part whenever Bennet is feeling weak. Gugu is good in this role without being anything special.

Support Cast: Concussion has a good supporting performance but sometime lacks the character time required.

Director Review: Peter LandesmanPeter gives us a good film exposing the truth about a sport that many people in the world enjoy.


Sports: Concussion shows the affects playing the sport could have on a human body.

Settings: Concussion doesn’t make too much out of the settings with none being anything memorable to the final story.
Special Effects
: Concussion uses the effects to show how the affects happen to the brain.

Suggestion: Concussion is one to try, it is good to see how sports can be dangerous to the people playing. (Try It)


Best Part: Smith’s performance.

Worst Part: NFL side of the story.


Believability: Based on what happened and how the sport was changed.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for Best Actor in Golden Globes.

Oscar Chances:

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

Tagline: Even Legends Need a Hero


Overall: Solid sports drama that doesn’t go into the real depths of the battle.


Top 5 Favourite Jeremy Renner Roles

Jeremy Renner has become one of the got to guys in Hollywood with his supporting roles in both the Avengers and Mission Impossible franchises as well as his leading role in the Bourne Legacy where he will team up with Jason Bourne in the newest instalment. While I do think Jeremy is great in these performances I am going to look at my favourite five roles with most being earlier work.

5. Jimmy Quidd – House M.D. (2007)house

This was an episode when the show was starting to become weaker but Jimmy was an interesting patient who was a Rock Star, his laid back style is what drives him as he looks at life makes our interns try to figure out their own goals.

4. Doyle – 28 Weeks Laterdoyle

In the sequel to the much loved zombie thriller Doyle plays one of the Americans trying to rebuild the United Kingdom. He is one of the snipers that keeps an eye out for any threat to the new survivors that makes the decision to save the innocent rather than kill them when everything goes wrong.

3. James Coughlin – The Town (2010)town

James is the rash decision maker in Doug MacRay’s bank robbing team that puts the latest job at risk. This role really showed that Renner had what it takes to mix with the big stars of Hollywood that also got him an Oscar nomination.

2. Penn – Angel – Somnambulist (2000)angel

Penn is one of the few people Angel ever turned into a vampire, he kills the same way as Angelus did and has found himself in Los Angeles on a killing spree. In this early in the series episode we get to see Angel face one of his toughest opponents and one of his own creation that Renner stamps his own swagger and style onto.

1.       Sergeant First Class William James – The Hurt Locker (2008)hurt

William is an expert bomb disarmer that is in Iraq trying to clean the streets, he has a style that keeps him relaxed through all the missions while others panic. This is one of the most intense films you will see and got Renner his first Oscar nomination.

2015 Awards – Breakthrough Female

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Breakthrough Female, for this award I have picked an actress who I had never seen in anything before that I believe gives great performance and will go onto bigger things.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Maika Monroe – It Follows, The Guest maika Maika is the most questionable choice for my list because the two big only made it to the UK this year. Both films gained critical acclaim which has led to a further 6 films due out next year including Independence Day: Resurgence.

·         Alex Essow – Starry Eyes alexIn what is a very dark look at how far aspiring stars would go to become famous Alex gives us a brilliant performance which must surely be opening doors for the young actress.

·         Nadia Hadlikir – Spring nadiaWe have another horror star that gives us a brilliant performance in Spring which has led to a role in the final parts of the Divergent Series.

·         Oona Laurence – Southpaw oona Oona gives the brilliant performance in the boxing where she is the suffering during her father’s breakdown.

·         Raffey Cassidy – Tomorrowland raffey While the film itself isn’t the most popular young Raffey gives the best lines with the comic moments and all the best fight scenes in the film and most be a name to look out for in the future.

·         Olivia Dejonge – The Visit oliva Olivia is the eldest of the two children sent to their grandparent’s house but not everything is as it seems.

My favourite

·         Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, The Danish Girl and Burnt alicia When it comes to breakthrough not a single person comes close to Alicia this year with two Golden Globe nomination and potential Oscar nods coming her way Alicia has firmly put her name on the radar for the biggest roles in Hollywood today.