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It’s not really possible to completely dislike this film, it is so earnest and sincere. But I found it easy to be bored by it, several times. The tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian-born pathologist who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encepalopathy (CTE) and his subsequent fight with the paid medical whores of the NFL is a classic David and Goliath story, and proceeds exactly as expected, with every tired old device used in a thousand similar movies. Will Smith is okay, Gugu Mbatha-Raw doesn’t have much to do except support her man. To me, the unexpected stand-out was Albert Brooks, of all people, as a nearly bald Dr. Cyril Wecht. I almost didn’t recognize him.