Concussion (2015)

Concussion
Director: Peter Landesman
Writer: Peter Landesman
Based on: Jeanne Marie Laskas‘ article Game Brain
Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Arliss Howard, Mike O’Malley, Eddie Marsan, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer, Richard T. Jones, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson
Seen on: 22.2.2016

Plot:
Dr. Bennett Omalu (Will Smith) is a pathologist, specialized in neuropathology. He works in Pittsburgh where he is known for being thorough but maybe also a little strange. One day, a former football player’s body – Mike Webster (David Morse) – comes to Omalu. As he conducts his autopsy, Omalu is more and more intrigued by the case: Webster went from fame and glory to absolute destitution, apparent psychosis and suicide in only a short amount of time. And Omalu suspects that brain damage is the reason for his behavior – damage that he got from playing football. But the NFL is not only not interested in hearing his concerns, they are trying to prevent him from finding out more about it.

Concussion tells an interesting story and it does tell it rather effectively. It is hampered by the fact though that it is a very recent story and that obviously they were trying very hard not to scratch too much at recent wounds.

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Hot Pursuit (2015)

Hot Pursuit
Director: Anne Fletcher
Writer: David Feeney, John Quaintance
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley, Robert Kazinsky, Richard T. Jones, John Carroll Lynch, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia
Seen on: 22.6.2015

Plot:
Rose Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is a passionate cop, although she’s also a stickler for rules and a little too literal-minded, which led to a now infamous incident and to a long time-out for Cooper herself. The most exciting thing that happens to her in a long time is that she’s supposed to babysit the wife of a witness, Daniella (Sofía Vergara), until the trial the next day. But that assignment proves to be more exciting than anticipated and Cooper and Daniella soon find themselves on the run together.

Hot Pursuit is an extremely run of the mill “unlikely partners” movie like we’ve seen it a million times – only with two men instead of two women. Having two women starring doesn’t actually make it any better, but it is an exceptional thing to get such unexceptional fare with two female protagonists and a female director. So yay for that?!

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