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on 22 March 2017
Its good, its different, its true. I'm given 4 stars only because when compared to Erin Erockovich, its similar but slightly missing something like a comic angle or what makes the guy tick, yet a damn fine film. Did I watch it again Yes & it was even better. I will watch this movie again and again as the movie fits its own gene which I cant pinpoint.

Really the only thing missing is a 2hr documentary
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on 4 July 2017
very good
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on 13 August 2017
Such an underrated film. Chris Evans at his best.
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on 24 February 2016
Atmospheric, well-paced and thoroughly watchable.
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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
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Puncture is the true-story of Mike Weiss (played by Chris Evans - Captain America) a lawyer with a penchant for narcotics & parties whilst his more level-headed & capable partner Paul Danzinger (Mark Kassen) tries to keep the bills paid by chasing ambulances. When the guys stumble across accidentally-AIDS-infected nurse Vicky (Vinessa Shaw - 3.10 To Yuma) they realise the extent of needle-related accidents. They discover Jeffrey Dancourt (Marshall Bell - Rescue Dawn) the inventor of 'Safety-point' - a one-use-sheathed-needle that ejects the bore once used, preventing reuse and stopping snaps.

But for some reason; no Hospital will buy the Safety-point and it turns out after Mike's frantic investigation into this that the Group Purchasing Organisations (GPOs) are receiving percentage kick-backs from the manufacturers of the classic needles in return for jeopardising millions of health-care workers. With a monumental Anti-Trust case on their hands, Paul & Mike realise that this maybe a case that is just too large for them; a true David vs. Goliath situation. Will Mike manage to battle his personal demons for long enough to finally get safer needles into hospitals America-wide?

Puncture is a brilliant film wrapped around a solid and genuinely interesting premise. I hadn't really thought of the implications of switching from glass needles to plastic, but apparently you can sterilise and re-use glass safely and the increased rate of breakage means that the re-use potential is limited. Whilst plastic is much, much harder to sterilise and as a result has been implicated in the spread of African AIDS due to the many re-uses and poor sterilisation processes.

Premise aside; Chris Evans' portrayal of a junkie-lawyer is fantastic as we see him rattle around legal process after legal process, Kassen provides an affable straight-man to Evans' chaos and Bell is a sure-bet. The touching dynamic between the two partners as Danzinger realises the extent of Weiss' drug-use is beautifully revealed as to just why he cares about needles so much and makes this a fantastic flourish to an already deeply-intriguing and captivating film. If only all cinema was this interesting. Compared to The Lincoln Lawyer but vastly superior due to it's honesty and underlying message, this is a fascinating tale of legal & corporate dealings. Highly recommended!!
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Puncture is the true-story of Mike Weiss (played by Chris Evans - Captain America) a lawyer with a penchant for narcotics & parties whilst his more level-headed & capable partner Paul Danzinger (Mark Kassen) tries to keep the bills paid by chasing ambulances. When the guys stumble across accidentally-AIDS-infected nurse Vicky (Vinessa Shaw - 3.10 To Yuma) they realise the extent of needle-related accidents. They discover Jeffrey Dancourt (Marshall Bell - Rescue Dawn) the inventor of 'Safety-point' - a one-use-sheathed-needle that ejects the bore once used, preventing reuse and stopping snaps.

But for some reason; no Hospital will buy the Safety-point and it turns out after Mike's frantic investigation into this that the Group Purchasing Organisations (GPOs) are receiving percentage kick-backs from the manufacturers of the classic needles in return for jeopardising millions of health-care workers. With a monumental Anti-Trust case on their hands, Paul & Mike realise that this maybe a case that is just too large for them; a true David vs. Goliath situation. Will Mike manage to battle his personal demons for long enough to finally get safer needles into hospitals America-wide?

Puncture is a brilliant film wrapped around a solid and genuinely interesting premise. I hadn't really thought of the implications of switching from glass needles to plastic, but apparently you can sterilise and re-use glass safely and the increased rate of breakage means that the re-use potential is limited. Whilst plastic is much, much harder to sterilise and as a result has been implicated in the spread of African AIDS due to the many re-uses and poor sterilisation processes.

Premise aside; Chris Evans' portrayal of a junkie-lawyer is fantastic as we see him rattle around legal process after legal process, Kassen provides an affable straight-man to Evans' chaos and Bell is a sure-bet. The touching dynamic between the two partners as Danzinger realises the extent of Weiss' drug-use is beautifully revealed as to just why he cares about needles so much and makes this a fantastic flourish to an already deeply-intriguing and captivating film. If only all cinema was this interesting. Compared to The Lincoln Lawyer but vastly superior due to it's honesty and underlying message, this is a fascinating tale of legal & corporate dealings. Highly recommended!!
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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.
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on 4 July 2015
OK, a bit long winded. Was expecting a court room drama, but watchable. Sniff, sniff, sniff. Yes we understand the tattooed bloke has a problem. They overplayed this and I wasn't sure if the film was about the getting the safety needles into hospitals or about a loser lawyer.
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on 19 October 2015
I first watched this film on TV when it was titled Puncture. I was hooked pretty early on with it, Chris Evans is outstanding as a lawyer with various issues but you can't help but like him. it is based on a true story which makes it more sad. Definitely one not to miss.
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