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It's solid and interesting work in the main, but Head Games can't help but feel like a come-down after The Interrupters.
Director Steve James centers this documentary on Nowinski, but there are affecting profiles of various NFL and NHL veterans who are living with the damage -- or may have died from it.
The documentary by Steve James paints a devastating picture of the long-term consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players.
One of the more fascinating aspects of a thoroughly entertaining movie is how incomprehensible James' proposed changes are in a country where many would list their necessities as food, shelter and Monday Night Football.
Finally, there's a sports movie for people who are caught between admiration and fear of athleticism.
"Head Games" gains credibility and power from compassion for athletes and respect for their accomplishments. But it also tries to open the eyes of sports lovers to dangers that have too often been minimized and too seldom fully understood.
The film struggles with the contradiction of knowing the serious risks while enjoying the games as participant and spectator.
The film paints a dire picture that will strike fear into the hearts of many parents. How many concussions are too many? The documentary suggests the magic number might be one.
A bit more palatable than most "let me teach you a lesson"-style non-fiction films.
It's exciting to watch big, powerful guys bash into each other, and a well-executed hit makes an excellent addition to any highlight reel. The problem is that the human brain is not designed to absorb repeated impact.
There may not be a more important documentary release this year for the general health of (especially sports-playing) American kids than Head Games, an impactful look at the trauma inflicted by repeated concussions.
If you have children involved in contact sports, you must see 'Head Games.'
A must see for sports fans and anyone who's curious about the effects of concussions.
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