"For them you're not even an American for them you're..." "A doctor?". Important message not only about the abominations committed by American football and the inhumane treatment of their players but also about the immigrant status in the USA. Yet, it falls into one of these Hollywoodized films ending up being only slightly memorable thanks to Will Smith's performance.
For a film with a traditional narrative style it establishes its conflict too far into the story. Halfway through you get the impression it might all be over without anything having happened yet. Dr. Omalu states God didn't make us to play (american) football. I want to jump onto this train of thought and say God also made the Earth round, and thus, we ARE made to play (association) football. Conflict Solved ;)
An O.K. Will Smith vehicle that suffers from a script wary of going for the jugular. Especially wasted here is the very talented Gugu Mbatha-Raw who is cast thanklessly in an under written part. Nevertheless the film is watchable and entertaining enough but nowhere near political or agitating enough.
A solid star vehicle that has little else to offer apart from its carismatic lead performance. The supporting cast is especially wasted by the director's inability to show any interest in anything but Will Smith's undeniable star presence. Ultimately disposable and easily forgettable.
This is definitely more of a tragedy than you'll usually find for a movie with Will Smith in the lead, but he churns out a solid performance as Dr. Bennett Omalu. Unfortunately, the complexities of the league's cover-up are sugarcoated for an easily-digested underdog story and clunky romantic subplot.
Like the approach to the story in terms of it being a slowburn and tense look at yet another corporate America coverup in lieu of the tobacco industry and the repeated denial of climate change. Doesn't have the same kind of gripping social/investigative angle of "Spotlight," but manages to do well as being a basic procedural that tells a good story with a strong central performance.
Forgetful and melodramatic. The recreations are weak and play out like a B-movie virus instead of a introspective cognitive disease. Will Smith is good, not Oscar worthy. Similar to his other Sony projects, this is an uplifting story of an underdog. It looks sharp and has good intentions. Too bad the film isn't nearly as gripping or revealing is it hopes to be.