Will Smith takes on the NFL in this trailer for “Concussion.”
In the first trailer for “Concussion,” Will Smith tackles the controversial subject of head safety in the NFL (National Football League). The film is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who uncovers the first case of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). He comes to the conclusion that the condition is football related after he diagnoses a professional footbal player with the first case. Take a look at the trailer below.
This is one of the first films we’ve seen to demonize the NFL. “Concussion” takes a real life story of putting one man against a powerful and profitable organization. From the trailer we can see the makings of corporate greed outweighing the sanctity of human life. The one man attempting to preserve this sanctity is seen as an underdog going against the NFL football giants.
Given that this is based on a true story, I’m sure that exaggerated dramatic elements will be added to the film such as intensifying the struggle and building up the suspense. But while these elements may be exaggerated, this film could encourage others to look more closely at the NFL organization. There have been other films that address the harsh conditions of football, but “Concussion” may be the first film that shows the sport as a safety liability.
After a short run of box office flops, this film could put Will Smith back into the limelight and highlight his strengths as an actor. The controversy of the subject and its real-life origins may also be the supplemental elements to gain Smith praise. “Concussion” is set to release in December 2015 which would be right in time for Oscar consideration if that is the route they are going.