If I’m asked what my favorite movie is, I’ll think hard about it for a few seconds and tell you “I’m unable to pick a favorite because they’re just so many good movies out,” but I just stumbled unto something amazing – The 2015 movie Concussion starring Will Smith. Yes, I’m late, we’re four months into 2016 already, but I’m not the one to watch a movie because it just came out and everyone’s watching it; I like to stumble on to things myself and I just did!
I go to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes to get a feel of a movie before I watch it, and here’s what they offered me – IMDb has a rating of 7.5/10, while it scores 61% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s safe to say it’s a good movie. The movie Concussion features Will Smith as the American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic neuropathologist, as he “uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play”, leading to the discovery of the neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Dr. Bennet Omalu is such an inspirational character and I’m absolutely amazed at the fact that we get an insight into his research through this movie. He’s not just a name anymore, he’s now a story that can be related to! THIS has taken the place of Ben Carson‘s story ‘Gifted Hands‘ in my books (sorry!), and now I’d love to meet Dr. Omalu and work with him if the opportunity arises.
Just in case you’re wondering, what’s a concussion? Here’s the answer …
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a blow to the head or body, or an injury that shakes the brain inside the skull. There could be cuts or bruises on the head, but there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury because you can’t see a concussion!
Obvious symptoms of a concussion may include passing out or forgetting what happened prior to the injury, but some people won’t experience these symptoms. Distortion of vision and loss of equilibrium (falling down) ma also be experienced. It takes a few hours of recovery for some, and for others it could take a few weeks, but the brain is usually more sensitive to damage following a concussion. The signs of a concussion could appear a few days or weeks following the injury, and the symptoms can be short-lived or long-lasting.
A severe concussion or repeated concussions may lead to longer-lasting brain damage, so check out the movie Concussion to see the type of damage it can do! While you’re watching the movie, look out for when Dr. Omalu is supposedly shown a CT scan of Mike Webster’s brain by his assistant, it’s not really a CT scan, it’s an MRI scan – blooper!
The critics consensus? “Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter – you know all these football players gone crazy have been showing up on the news! – even if its traditional sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.”
My consensus? I love this movie, it’s informative and it brings to light a sensitive topic which needs to be dealt with it. And further more, it’s an inspiration to my neuroscience awareness and research dedicated life! Go watch Concussion now!