It's tough to get super excited for this week considering we’re coming off the awesome high that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it’s Christmas and we still have some rather huge movies getting ready to hit theaters. Get ready for Concussion, Daddy’s Home, Joy and Point Break.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
Preview the true story of the doctor who shed light on the problem in the trailer for the film below:
Concussion, starring Will Smith, tells the story of Doctor Bennet Omalu’s independent research into ex-football players brains and how he began to uncover the traumatic brain injury known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy latent in these guys from hundreds and maybe thousands knocks on the noggin over the course of their careers. Of course, the NFL didn’t Omalu’s initial findings as it implied the game killing the players both quickly and slowly. The film details the NFL’s effort to stifle Omalu’s findings because well, it made them look terrible. Concussions are still very much an issue in the NFL, and could ultimately be its undoing - though that’s more of the long game. In the short term, the sport’s still wildly popular of course.
Director Peter Landesman has been down the somewhat-controversial-historical-storyline trail before, helming movies like Kill the Messenger and Parkland. Both of those films explored narratives around characters involved in controversial situations. This is down the same path. While critics aren’t necessarily over the moon about the film, they like it well enough. Some think it's Oscar bait – and that very well may be, but it should play well enough anyway.