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MOVIE ENDS WHEN IT STARTS TO GET INTERESTING
on 24 August 2013
The film is based on a true story.
The movie opens with a nice happy indie soundtrack. Happy mom (Vinessa Shaw as Vicky) drops her little girl off at school and smiles as she goes to work in a hospital trauma ward. A man is wheeled in struggling, a bad PCP reaction. Mom tries to inject the patient only to get pricked herself with a contaminated HIV needle, hence the title of the film, "puncture." After the credits we see a trial lawyer (not hard to guess how these two subplots come together) who is in a cheap motel with 2 sleazy looking women and large amounts of cocaine. He is going over his next court case. Chris Evans stars as Mike Weiss, a lawyer with his own demons.
Nurse Vicky is already being compensated for her injury so there really isn't a case for her. However Mom is on a crusade. A one time disposable syringe has been developed that has a retractable needle that would prevent workers from getting infected...and hospitals won't even look at them as an option because of how their group purchasing operates. The non-charismatic manufacturer of the needle says, "Is there anyway we can sue a hospital for not buying something that saves people's lives?" While smoking a crack pipe with a naked woman, Mike gets an idea. He discovers that there has been 800,000 needle punctures to health care workers in the US. In investigating why hospitals won't buy this needle, he breaks out the large "Glen Beck conspiracy board" and draws lines and connects dots and discovers large corporations, payoffs, kickbacks, and a few well placed politicians.
The film reminded me of an absurd "Erin Brockovich." Unlike "Erin Brockovich" we really don't feel for the victims. At one point Mike is late for a meeting and while in the restroom he develops a "too much nose candy" nose bleed. What should be a great drama turns out to be a mediocre screen play with lack luster performances. It is interesting and entertaining from an historical and political sense, but fails as a drama. When the movie starts to grab you, they roll the end credits.
F-bomb, brief nudity, lots of drug use