The movie murmurs, when it - and others - should be shouting.
A melodramatic but compelling enough lab-coat drama about football players and the pathological implications of too many blows to their heads ...
Just in time for the NFL playoffs, here comes "Concussion," a movie that will hopefully give many serious pause about our nation's most popular sport.
While "Concussion" has some fine things going for it, notably science and Will Smith, it lacks the exciting, committed filmmaking that rises to the level of its outrageous topic.
Concussion's dramatic core is solid and its unwillingness to sugarcoat the NFL's tactics is likely to raise some eyebrows.
Landesman has pushed too hard to make this story fit into a dramatic mold, alternating melodrama and romance with those earnest warnings in a way that is more ungainly than effective.
Writer-director Peter Landesman often gets stuck in the soft stuff in between hitting the NFL hard ...
As Omalu, Smith gives an emotional performance, bolstered by capable supporting players.
"Concussion" is a decent but uneven film. Writer/director Peter Landesman focuses on Omalu's personal life more than a thriller requires.