Will Smith Cracks the Case of the Concussed Football Players in 'Concussion' Trailer

August 31, 2015

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Just in time for the start of the 2015 NFL season, here's a trailer to remind you that all your favorite football stars should really stop playing before they completely ruin their noggins.

In Concussion, Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life forensic neuropathologist who first discovered the serious degenerative disease CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in a pro footballer. The findings give Smith his teary-eyed serious face, a tendency toward impassioned speeches and pensive staring, and cause for alarm in the study's very serious implication: that it is indeed quite bad for the brain when 300-pound men repeatedly ram their heads into each other. He takes his case to the NFL, but that's when he finds a similarly awful but, in retrospect, also pretty obvious truth: that the guys in charge over there would rather cover this up than deal with it. Isn't that fucked?

The film is Parkland filmmaker Peter Landesman's sophomore writing-directing sophomore effort. Alec Baldwin co-stars in his frequent role as serious, gravely-voiced mentor, and Albert Brooks seems to once again be Drive mode as an affable bad guy that's like, "Shhh, be quiet and let me just kill you." Here's the trailer:

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