When I finally got over the Fresh Prince of Belair speaking in some unbelievable foreign accent I was able to ascertain there was something bigger than my confusion going on here… Will Smith and his star studded posse Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Luke Wilson, David Morse, Paul Resier, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are taking on a real issue and trying to create awareness.

Will Smith’s character  Dr. Bennet Omalu is a pathologist unwrapping what seems to be a cover up effort posed by the NFL. If Beast Mode taught us anything, it’s that the best way to piss off the NFL is to keep your mouth shut. Instead Dr. Omalu intends to blow all the whistles and save the precious brains getting knocked around inside those helmets.

Here’s the deal, the silent star of the film is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and it’s a real thing that changes and ruins the lives of those sustaining repeated and prolonged head injuries. Hopefully this film will bring spotlight to condition that is virtually undetectable at first glance. A condition that occurs not only in sports, but in combat and other high impact activities as well.
While some are saying the film is aimed at taking down the NFL let’s not forget that it’s a film and is meant for viewers to learn, watch, and enjoy. Some are saying it is Will Smith’s best performance to date. If the film gets too intense at any point (the trailer sure did) and you need a lil snap back to reality just try to take Will Smith’s foreign accent seriously. It isn’t lost on me the setting for Concussion is in Pittsburg, PA only a mere 258 miles from Philly… born and raised…

Watch the trailer:


Stacey Jurss