Concussion movie quotes tell the based on a true story of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovered a connection between NFL players' concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The biographical sports and medical drama was adapted into a screenplay by Peter Landesman based on the book Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Landesman also directed Concussion, which opened in theaters on December 25, 2015.
In Concussion, pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) grew up wanting nothing more than to come to America from his native Nigeria. After he fulfilled that mission, he began a fellowship in pathology and neuropathology at the University of Pittsburgh and conducted an autopsy on local pro football legend Mike Webster in 2002. Subsequent testing of Webster's brain revealed a condition no one had seen before, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and a link that his repetitive concussions caused the condition and his death.
But when Omalu shared his findings with other doctors (including Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks) and tried to share the research with the NFL (including Paul Reiser and Luke Wilson, hilariously as Roger Goodell), it was he who came under attack. Through various methods of intimidation and public denial of his facts, the league used multiple ways of trying to silence Dr. Omalu while many more died. This did not deter Omalu from his mission to make these findings known to all and save lives in the process.Concussion brought a very serious topic to theaters which were already showing some other lighter movies including Joy, Daddy's Home, Point Break, The Hateful Eight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Sisters.
Dr. Bennet Omalu: Tell the truth! Tell the truth!Dr. Omalu is shocked when folks from the NFL continuously lie about the facts behind the deaths linked to CTE. It's unconscionable to him that they could deny this, knowing that men died because of this alarming situation.
Congressman: Is there any link between head injuries and professional football players?
Commissioner Goodell: The NFL, it's an entertainment product.
Congressman: When did you become aware of the concussion issue?
Commissioner Goodell: This is an evolving science.
Congressman: Commissioner Goodell, I asked you a simple question.
Dr. Bennet Omalu: They have to listen to us. This is bigger than they are!Dr. Omalu persists that the NFL needs to be open to his findings. This is about life and death, which is more important than their silly little football league.
Dr. Bennet Omalu: If they continue to deny my work, men continue to die.
Dr. Cyril Wecht: Sometimes in life you're asked to leave it alone. But sometimes you can't.