Netflix: Will Smith’s emotional movie about a former NFL player


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Will Smith is one of the most successful actors of recent years and has starred in big hits like Men in Black, Focus and Aladdin. Some of his works can be enjoyed on Netflix, such as The Hidden Truth, which is based on an injury suffered by players in the National Football League (NFL) and the plot revolves around two real cases.

To create the story, director Peter Landesman was inspired by a GQ magazine article called “Brain Game by Jeanne Marie Laskas.” Once he finished writing it, he did not hesitate to hire Will Smith as the main character along with other great actors such as Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Albert Brooks.

This article discusses a study by Dr. Bennett Omalu, a medical examiner and pathologist, on Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, former NFL stars who committed suicide. After several studies, the professional discovered that both had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that is caused mainly by the presence of repetitive traumatic brain injuries with or without symptoms.

Currently, there is documentation that boxing, football, wrestling, ice hockey, martial arts, and wrestling athletes are highly prone to CTE. However, it can also affect people who have had accidents or neurological problems.

People who present symptoms usually suffer from affective disorders, psychotic symptoms, social instability, memory loss, depression, deafness, among others. These would have been the main symptoms that led Seau and Duerson to take their own lives, due to being exposed to traumatic injuries throughout their NFL career.

What is the movie The Hidden Truth about?

In 2002, former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster is found dead inside his truck. Bennett Omalu (Will Smith), a forensic pathologist, performs the autopsy and discovers that he has severe brain damage. Consequently, he determines that he died as a result of the long-term effects of repeated blows to the head, a disorder he calls Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

From then on, Omalu begins to investigate this disease and its link with elite athletes, while fighting powerful people who threaten him so that he does not bring it to light. The film is 122 minutes long and was well received by critics and can be found on Netflix.

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