Trailer Talk – Concussion

Sony Pictures Entertainment has released a trailer for the Will Smith starring film Concussion, about a “Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known,” according to the press release.

The film will be released in theaters on Christmas Day, 2015, so if you’re in the mood for a topical drama that looks like a cross between The Insider and Moneyball—which suggests it will be a tense thriller with topical resonance the fun of popular sports added on for good measure—instead of yet another rewatch of A Christmas Story, this is the movie for you. The trailer is below.

The trailer claims the Concussion is concerned with “the truth,” the costs of telling it for the truth-teller, and the reasons why we often would rather the truth stay hidden. In John 8, Jesus claims knowing the truth—Christ and his teachings—will set us free, and while that’s true, shortly after Jesus is almost stoned for telling the truth about who he is. The truth may set us free, but telling it also gets us in hot water sometime. Truth-tellers be aware.

Topical movies like Concussion also give us the opportunity to talk about pressing, current issues. For a nuanced, intelligent, brief and fun to read investigation on the concerns Christians perhaps ought to have about the concussion epidemic in football, check out “Concussions and Christian Football” from Think Christian.