“Nothing hits harder than the truth”.
This 2015 Dramatic Biography starring Will Smith was supremely talked about. Partly because it was snubbed as a choice for Best Film for the 2016’s Oscars and partly because it was so good. Dr. Bennet Omalu was the Nigerian neuropathologist who first made the discovery of CTE, an American-football-related brain trauma that affected many retired players. It was a remarkable discovery and a great role by Smith whom played Omalu.
Bringing this unbelievable story to the big screen is Peter Landesman (Kill the Messenger, Parkland), who wrote and directed this feature. English Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Albert Brooks were among the actors that gave solid work. I wasn’t blown away by any single performance, but found the usefulness of the film’s message beyond significant.
The “America is my dream place and I want to be American” attraction by our lead Omalu played by Smith I felt to be a bit overplayed but overall it was a decent movie and impressive story.