Peter Landesman (2015)

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Our Score
The story of Dr Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian pathologist whose 2002 autopsy on American football hero Mike Webster revealed previously undiscovered levels of brain trauma in the most popular game in the US, is a strange subject for an awards-hopeful movie. Nevertheless, Will Smith gives it his best shot in one of his more grounded performances, portraying Omalu as a decent, religious man driven by duty and respect for the dead. As a two-hour feature, however, it is something of a mixed bag, playing out like a macabre Patch Adams as the doctor battles resentment from both the medical establishment and the National Football League while tenderly carving up corpses. An ill-judged love story, involving Omalu's Kenyan wife (an underused Gugu Mbatha-Raw), only adds to the sense of clutter. Nevertheless, there are flashes of what made the story interesting in the first place, not so much in the David v Goliath aspect of Omalu's work but in his fascinating approach to forensics.


A doctor discovers a dead American football player died as the result of brain trauma inflicted on the field. He tries to raise awareness of the danger and provide greater protection from injury for players, but finds himself up against a powerful institution determined to bury the risk. Fact-based drama, starring Will Smith, Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks.

Cast & Crew

Dr Bennet Omalu Will Smith
Dr Julian Bailes Alec Baldwin
Prema Mutiso Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Dr Joseph Maroon Arliss Howard
Dr Elliot Pellman Paul Reiser
Roger Goodell Luke Wilson
Dave Duerson Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Mike Webster David Morse
Dr Cyril Wecht Albert Brooks
Christopher Jones Hill Harper
Dr Steven DeKosky Eddie Marsan
Dr Ron Hamilton Stephen Moyer
Keana Strzelczyk Bitsie Tulloch
Director Peter Landesman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Feb 2016