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Will Smith plays African doctor hero

MOVIE REVIEW with SHUPE SAKALA
Title: Concussion
Genre: Drama
Director:  Peter Landesman
Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Time: 2 hours 3mins
WILL Smith is back on the big screen as a hero of a different kind. In the movie Concussion, he stars as Dr Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian pathologist who discovered a sporting disease in the US.
Omalu began primary school at age three and attended medical school starting at age 16 at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in June 1990, he completed a clinical internship, followed by three years of service work doctoring in the mountainous city of Jos. He became disillusioned with Nigeria after presidential candidate Moshood Abiola failed to win the Nigerian presidency due to an inconclusive election in 1993.
Omalu began to search for scholarship opportunities in the United States and eventually emigrated.
Omalu’s autopsy on a former American football (rugby) star, who died suddenly in 2002, led to the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
The player had died unexpectedly, following years of struggling with cognitive and intellectual impairment, destitution, mood disorders, depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts.
Although Webster’s brain looked normal at autopsy, Omalu conducted independent and self-financed tissue analyses.
American football stars are known to have lavish lifestyles but many of them end up destitute.
It is not uncommon for them to get knocked out during a game due to violent clashes and blows to the head.
Omalu’s connection between brain damage and the sport was aggressively disputed by the sporting industry and his life was even threatened.
Will Smith’s portrayal of the genius doctor is testament to doing good for others and the pursuit of truth and justice.
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If you are looking for something lighter, famed female comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler get up to a lot of mischief in Sisters.
As over 30s women, they try and reclaim their youth by tackling lost opportunities by throwing a wild house party, chasing after lost lovers and generally acting like confused teenagers.
Wrestler John Cena also makes an appearance.
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