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Bennet Omalu , a forensic pathologist who fights against the National Football League trying to suppress his research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE brain degeneration suffered by professional football players. Steelers center Mike Webster is found dead in his pickup truck , after years of self-mutilation and homelessness. Before his death, Justin Strzelczyk , a former fellow football player, confides in Webster that he is starting to lose his memory, is saying odd things to his children, and nearly threw his wife against the wall.
A disoriented Webster brushes Strzelczyk's worries off, and deliriously tells him that the most important thing "is to finish the game," reciting what he said during his Hall of Fame speech.
He wonders how an otherwise healthy man could have degenerated so quickly, and makes it a point to figure out why he died of a heart attack at only fifty years of age. Omalu closely examines microscope slides of Webster's brain and sees evidence of severe neurotrauma , concluding that Webster died as a result of the long-term effects of repeated blows to the head, a disorder he terms chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE.
With the help of former Steelers team doctor Dr.
Julian Bailes, fellow neurologist Dr. Steven DeKosky and county coroner Dr. Cyril Wecht , Dr. Omalu publishes his findings in Neurosurgery , which are dismissed by the NFL.
Over several years, Dr.
He persuades newly appointed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to allow him to present his findings before a player safety committee. However, the NFL does not take him seriously, and he is barred from the committee meeting, forcing the former NFL employee Bailes to give the presentation in place of Dr.
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However, the meeting is a set up, where the NFL claims that the players' head trauma is unrelated to football, but rather, due to past injuries. Omalu and tells him to "go back to Africa. Omalu is subjected to considerable pressure to back down from his efforts, as football is a widely beloved sport in Pittsburgh , having provided jobs and allowed men to go to college.
Wecht is subjected to a politically motivated prosecution on corruption charges, and Dr.
Omalu is forced to leave Pittsburgh soon after, lest he be deported , or sent to prison on petty charges as punishment for tarnishing the NFL's image.
Before leaving, he urges the NFL to tell the truth. Omalu's wife, Prema, suffers a miscarriage after being followed in her car. The Omalus are forced to leave their dream home outside Pittsburgh, relocating to Lodi, California where he takes a job with the San Joaquin County coroner's office. Three years later, Dr. Omalu is vindicated when Duerson commits suicide due to an increasing inability to cope with worsening cognitive function. In his suicide note , Duerson acknowledges that Dr.
Omalu was right, and offers his brain for future research. He informs them that he once wished he had never known Mike Webster, but by knowing him, he has the responsibility to inform NFL players of the true risks that they take by playing.
He says that he holds no resentment for the NFL and tells them to forgive themselves and be at peace. Amid growing scrutiny from Congress , the NFL is forced to take the concussion issue more seriously, and in , NFL players sue the league for not properly informing them of the risk of CTE. Omalu is offered the job of Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia , but the closing credits show Omalu turning the offer down to remain with his family in Lodi, becoming naturalized as a U.
A final montage includes reports of Junior Seau 's suicide in and subsequent lawsuits brought against the NFL by thousands of former players. Scott was set to direct after his film Exodus: Gods and Kings , while he and Facio were looking for an A-list writer.
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Principal photography started on October 27, , in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , and filmed there through mid-January. One of the film's key scenes was shot in Altius Restaurant in the Mt.
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Washington section of Pittsburgh. Other area scenes were shot at a church in Pittsburgh's Hill District , the Braddock Carnegie Library ,  and in downtown Pittsburgh.
James Newton Howard composed the score for the film. Klayton frontman of Celldweller provided synth programming for the score. The website's critical consensus reads, " Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter, even if its traditional, sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.
Will Smith's performance was praised for being "sensitive [and] understated" by The Denver Post. Alec Baldwin 's performance was well-received, although his accent was criticized.
Family members of Dave Duerson , a former NFL player who suffered from CTE chronic traumatic encephalopathy and committed suicide, claimed the film portrayed Duerson in a bad light. In one scene, Duerson's character called Omalu's character a "quack" in addition to telling him "to go back to Africa" and "get away from our game.
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Duerson's family members called these scenes false. In response, Landesman, the film's director, stated that the film was "emotionally and spiritually accurate all the way through". Slate science writer Daniel Engber, who has been skeptical of the link between CTE and the deaths of players found to have had it,  called the film inaccurate in other ways, for example suggesting that Wecht's arrest on corruption charges was motivated by Omalu's paper, when in fact it was published three months afterwards.
More recent research and thinking also looks at the steady accumulation of subconcussive blows, in addition to symptomatic concussions, as a major contribution factor in the development of CTE.
These CTE symptoms include cognitive, behavioral, and mood problems.
After comparing the script from the Sony Pictures hack with the released movie, Deadspin claimed the movie was edited to appease the NFL, including reducing prominence of Roger Goodell and Paul Tagliabue in the film, as well as changing or removing dialogue.
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