By Ife Olujuyigbe
Asides from the fact that it is a true-life story, Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ rates highly on originality.
When I heard Will Smith was going to be portraying a Nigerian doctor in the Peter Landesman-directed movie, Concussion, I promptly went on Youtube to see the trailer. I didn’t miss the promise it held, and so I began the countdown to be wowed.
From his days in The Fresh Prince of Bel-air sitcom, to his smashing performances in The Pursuit of Happiness and Focus, to a heart-wrenching delivery in Seven Pounds, Will Smith is known to emote beyond reasonable doubt, many times making you hit the heights of empathy. Throw in some research into a blend of pathology and an Igbo man’s accent and you have an iconic performance in ‘Concussion’ that is ovation-worthy. Will Smith really does bring it.
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Concussion is a story of Doctor Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic pathologist residing in the United States. His unconventional methods elicit mixed reactions from a number of his colleagues and at some point in the movie, he is advised by one of them to ‘Go get yourself a girlfriend.’ He finally does, when clerics from his Catholic church ask him to host Prema (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a Nairobian nurse new to the US and having nowhere else to go. He soon makes a wife of her.
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In the course of performing an autopsy on a former football legend, Mike Webster, who was generally seen to have lost his mind, he stumbles upon a rare case of brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head which he tags CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy), and tries to develop on it to prevent a repeat in …Read More
Source:: The NET