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Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy that results from frequent head trauma in football players. The topic of the movie is very interesting and one that I did not know much about; apparently, several relatively young retired football players having similar symptoms died, most frequently to suicide. Unfortunately, the film left me with more questions than answers. The acting was rather uneven, although Will Smith gives a pretty good performance. The movie felt way to “safe”; many of the controversial aspects were “glossed over” with very little depth. I was left wondering if the movie was edited to please the NFL. Overall, I did not like the film very much, so I give it a thumbs down. My Aunt Jeannette and I both agreed that it was not really Oscar worthy. This should have been a much better movie not afraid to take risks. (2015; 2.5 stars)

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