Concussion is a 2015 American biographical sports medical drama film directed and written by Peter Landesman, based on the 2009 GQ exposé Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas. The film stars Will Smith as Dr Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic pathologist, who fought against the efforts of the National Football League (NFL) to suppress his research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) brain damage suffered by professional football players.
The film was inspired by Dr Bennett Omalu’s study on former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, who both committed suicide after suffering from CTE. Dr Omalu is concerned about the long-term effects of concussion, and the NFL is persistently uninterested. The film documents Dr Omalu’s struggles to raise awareness of the issues on the sports field, culminating in support from the US Congress which forces the NFL to back down and take concussion seriously.
The film also stars Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks and was released by Columbia Pictures on 25 December 2015. It is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 15 March 2016.