Editor's Note: Executive Director Peter Piscitello had the opportunity to screen the film Concussion as part of an evening put on by the Brian Injury Association of Kansas, which included a distinguished panel of local physicians skilled in the area of head trauma. It was a great format that shed additional light on the film's subject.
"It's a mindless, violent game... And then it's Shakespeare."
This is a quote spoken by the movie version of Dr. Julian Bailes, a real-life doctor portrayed by Alec Baldwin in Concussion. I have no idea whether the real Dr. Bailes has ever uttered this phrase, but then I suppose that's not the point. This is a movie. At it's best Concussion tackles the topic of head injuries in football by presenting interesting thought pieces and with characters like Dr. Bailes reciting prose that reflect the nuance and passion on both sides of this debate. Overall however, Concussion tells only one side of a complex story and seeks to set good versus evil in a battle that isn't nearly that clear.