This is a movie based on true life event. Will Smith stars as a Doctor/forensic pathologist, Nigerian born Dr. Bennet Omalu . While carrying out an autopsy on an ex NFL footballer, Dr. Bennet discovers neurological damage similar to Alzheimer disease as the cause of death. He seeks to publish his findings but he’s met with stiff opposition from his colleagues and superiors. They try to explain his findings away but after another NFL player is found dead in his vehicle, they decide to give him audience.
An ex NFL player, Andre Waters suffered severe depression which caused him his career. He seeks assistance from a former football colleague, Dave Duerson (Adewale Akinnoye) but the latter does not want to be seen with him. Andre Waters commits suicide by shooting his chest. After taking permission from his family members, Dr. Omalu examines his brain tissues. His discovery confirms his initial findings. Water’s brain tissue had degenerated into that of a 90 year old man suffering from Alzheimers, chronic encephalopathy (CTE).
|Adewale Akinnoye. Played the role of David Duerson|
|The real David Duerson|
When Dr. Omlau was about to have a medical conference, he’s confronted by Dave Duerson. Duerson calls him a quack and tells him to go to Africa instead of bringing disrepute to the beautiful game. Dr. Omalu looks horrified and withdraws before things become physical. It wasn’t long when Duerson begins developing brain problems similar to what Andre suffered. He brings out a gun and shoots himself in the chest.
True life movies are usually my favourite. The casts did really well but I wonder what accent Will Smith was trying to imitate. It doesn’t sound Nigerian to me. I’ll give him a 6 for the accent. In terms of appearance, Will Smith looks nothing close to the real Dr. Omalu. I thought the director could have come up with someone with similar features. When I watch the movie Ali, played by Will Smith, I see a lot resemblance between Will Smith and the real Mohammed Ali.
When you watch the movie, you might develop hatred for NFL because of their conspiracy. NFL is the biggest villain here. Many more people died from football related injury. The movie is quite emotional. And of course like a typical Hollywood script, it must have a happy end. Dr. Omalu gets married to a lady he met at his church, a fellow immigrant, Prema Mutiso.
If you love drama and a bit some of suspense, this movie is right for you. It’s not all that academic which is good for lover of romance. I’ll score it 7.5 out of 10.