Top critical review
A solid piece of work
on 26 February 2015
Also known as "Puncture" in some circles, this is a well constructed, well acted, thoughtful look at the US health service/industry. It focuses in on the (based on a true) story of Michael Weiss - a lawyer with a shed load of personal problems. He and his partner take on the case of a nurse who was accidentally stabbed by an infected needle in the line of duty. The case escalates into a typical little guy versus big man battle with the big man in this case being the health industry and in particular a GPO who are refusing to purchase and use safer needles.
The film narrows the scope a certain amount and concentrates on Weiss as much as the cause he is fighting for. We see much of his rampant drug abuse and the various problems this creates. Can he shake these addictions and find salvation?
It's a fine performance by Chris Evans in the lead role and the acting is at least solid across the board. The film moves along at a steady pace rather than a breakneck speed which works fine and its a solid piece of work. The injustice (no pun intended, honest) of the situation gets the blood pumping but I'd argue that the film doesn't have quite the payoff the situation demands and deserves.
Still recommended though as an interesting and important insight into an interesting character and important story.