Suspenseful, engrossing and well acted, this important film was mentioned late in a Times article: "Receiving nothing, Concussion... Among a raft of splashy weekend newspaper display ads, Concussion, starring Will Smith (for whom it was written), with Alec Baldwin in the convincing cast, didn't even appear.
It's the true story of an African pathologist, Bennet Omalu, who identified the lethal effects of football's head collisions by doing autopsies on former Pittsburgh Steelers, who had lost their minds, broken laws, and died--often by their own hand.
The more evidence he gathers, the more the top football establishment wants him to go away. After all, football is such fun, so lucrative, such a part of American culture, that there is no way they'll let their lovely franchises be tainted by some foreign black doctor who doesn't get it. Even Will Smith told a TV interviewer that as a football fan, he himself had mixed feelings about making the film.
You there. See Concussion soon. (Cover your eyes if you don't like watching autopsies, they're brief.) The film ("receiving nothing") is getting the same silent treatment Omalu got, and will be swept away with, as Shakespeare put it, "all convenient speed." Maybe it sheds light on the article on the death, in prison, of former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips, 40, "a suspected suicide."