This is why I love going to the theater! (by saulcook)
I didn't know what to expect going into "Puncture," but what I found, surpassed even my most hopeful wishes for an evening at the movies. "Puncture" is a perfectly acted true-life story that still has me thinking about its message 3 days later. It was gripping from the opening credits and I was emotionally pulled in a number of directions. Chris Evans proved he can really act, not just dress up as a superhero and run around a big budgeted set. Mark Kassen was marvelous alongside him as his legal partner and the Houston backdrop made for an unlikely protagonist in and <more>
of itself. A story that needed to be shared and with tremendous talent. I only wish there were more films like "Puncture." I encourage people to go see the film.
I watch this movie with no expectations or aware of the cast. I have an eye for details and as I watched this the scene where they open the refrigerator and there is a news clipping on the door and it say Bellaire High School. I hit pause and rewind and freeze and read the article. No way. This movie is real and it happened in my hometown of Houston. I went to Bellaire HS and I was thrown for a loop.The movie is one of those that tells a tale of injustice and a lawyer suing for a large group of people. Finding out that Bono liked this movie so much since it relates to his charity touches on <more>
the fact that this tries to be a feel good movie for heart.It tells a story that after doing research on the facts, safety needles, makes you think. Makes you want to know why the Hospitals have all the power and why we have no health care in America.Wish it touched more on personal lives of the lawyers especially since one wrote the script. Great movie.
This movie was written by Paul Danziger and is based on true events. I can't stress enough how important it is that you see this movie; and how much it will change your mind or open your mind to the horror that is going on everyday. This movie has beautiful cinematography, a beautiful story with a great moral."Sometimes the brightest light shines in the darkest places," is a reoccurring theme in this movie and is really pushed home. The actors do an amazing job of bringing home the point as well. They acting is a 10/10, Cinematography 10/10, the story line is a 20/10, the <more>
directing is a 10/10 and there really is no excuse for you not to see this movie. It really is a hidden gem and I wish I could have seen it in the theaters.
Yes is true, Chris Evans doesn't cut as the drama actor or the best performer, or so I thought. His performance here completely changed my perception about him, definitely worth the time to watch, not just as a weekend movie or a "not-a-better-thing-to-do" movie, but as an actual ground-shaker. He does get in the role and you believe him. I'm not going to spoil you the movie, but I must add that at a point you get to feel sorry for the pour bastard trapped in his drug addiction yet following a more than just cause despite all odds, makes you wish he gets better and solves <more>
the case, you know... the happy ending; but it is a true story and the happy endings are for fairy tales, at least in the shoes of the hero in this pic. Very real, emotional to a certain point, leaves you with some feelings of anguish and for my personal appreciation, it's a potentially heartbreaking story.
A film that does tell an important story. (by jgw321)
When you start to watch this film you could easily think, "Oh no! Not another sordid drug film" and give up; but persevere, the film is worth it. The drugs continue, they are not just a side issue and play centre stage. The film has to be like this though as it is a real story which is being portrayed as it was, warts and all. The hero, lawyer Mike Weiss, is hard to empathise with; there is a brief period where he tries to give up drug taking and we see further pain as he goes through "cold turkey", but generally we have little patience for his self inflicted pain. <more>
Finally, after a plot point that would be a spoiler so I omit, his partner takes it on. He has been reluctant all the way through to take on this expensive case that is unlikely to succeed, and that they just can't afford. This is where the honesty of the screen play pays off, you end up respecting the hero even if you still can't like him.The actual winning of the case, the courtroom drama itself, happens with screen titles at the end. Some seem to think this is a cop out, but they have missed the point that the story is about the four participants; Mike Weiss, Paul Danziger, Jeffrey Dancourt and Vicky the nurse and how they got to where they were, and not about the winning of the case, that is just the reason why the story was worth telling.If you are not moved by this film then you are lacking in perception and should maybe stick to cartoons and soaps.
Inspiring fact-based David Vs. Goliath story (by PeachHamBeach)
Chris Evans gives a passionate and sincerely caring performance as a dedicated but very flawed and troubled attorney going toe to toe with yet another huge, corrupt corporation who doesn't care about hard working employees working in dangerous situations. If the corporations had their way, we'd all be slaves. They'd work us to death, expose us to all the dangers, refuse to protect us, refuse to help pay for treatments for our illnesses/injuries...and then when we finally collapse from exhaustion, they'd shoot us and harvest our organs to make even more money from us.Rant <more>
over...this movie is wonderful. I spent 16 years in the healthcare industry and suffered 3 needle stick injuries in that time. I was lucky...no HIV, no Hepatitis, no other blood borne infections. This movie tells the story of one nurse who wasn't so lucky. Her plight comes to the attention of a small time firm partnered by Michael Weiss Evans and the founder Mark Kassen . A new safety needle has been invented, but the bottom line is, nobody wants to spend a little extra money to protect their "slaves". I was very surprised that a few of those evil greedy pukes didn't have Weiss bumped off by a hit man.If you enjoyed ERIN BROKOVICH and I did! you will probably love this movie. Supporting cast includes Vinessa Shaw, Jesse L. Martin and Michael Biehn.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie but the reviews seem to go from one extreme to the other, i belong the ones that really liked the movie. It's a great story based on a true one and the acting is top notch and seriously it is well worth watching, despite the bone crushing judgement of some reviewers' i bet some of them work for the "evil" greedy companies that this story is about :P jokes aside, i'm shocked how appalling the movie's success is compared to how interesting the film is. Just see it for yourself, don't expect too much, then decide. If you're not <more>
a cynical a-hole, I reckon you'll enjoy the movie like i did.
Corporate Malfeasance and Public Health Issues (by gradyharp)
PUNCTURE is an apt title for this movie, a true story that pokes a hole in the corporate and governmental greed that endangers public health, and a story about the lawyer who despite poking holes in his veins as a drug addict brought to the attention of the public a safety problem of overwhelming significance. It is tautly written by Paul Danziger a character in the story , Ela Their and Chris Lopata and directed by Adam and Mark Kassen. It is an important film for public viewing and knowledge and awareness.Opening this true story with a young nurse mother Vicky Rogers Vinessa Shaw <more>
departing for work at the hospital we witness her accidental stabbing herself with a needle while trying to calm a boisterous patient. Fast forward a few years later and we meet two law partners - Mike Weiss Chris Evans, brilliant in a demanding role and boasting one of the most impressive physiques in cinema! and Paul Danziger Mark Kassen - both seemingly committed to idealistic cases but bogged down in the routine accident settlement cases to make a living. Enter Vicky Rogers, now with full blown AIDS she contracted form the needle puncture we observed and asking Mike and Paul to take on a case of making the hospitals across the country aware of a retractable safety needle invented by engineer Jeffrey Matthew Dancort Marshall Bell , who owns the Safety Point Company, but is unable to sell his product to any hospital from the United Medical group, apart from San Antonio Memorial. Mike and Paul are committed to Vicky and the cause and take the case on, only to be blindsided by hospital purchasing agents who want to save the hospital money and not buy the slightly more expensive safety needle. As the young men take on the horrors of the case they encounter the powerhouse lawyer Nathaniel Price Brett Cullen who represents the stonewall of United Medical. The money in the office of the young lawyers runs out and Paul wants to pass the case on to another law group, but Mike wants to keep the case, gathers mountains of evidence to prove that hospitals and supply companies are preventing the distribution and sales of the safety needle. He even gains the support of Senator O'Reilly Kate Burton until she withdraws her support as United Medical makes a huge contribution to her campaign!Complicating the tense story is the fact that Mike is addicted to cocaine, pain pills and heroin and his addiction is constantly resulting in his being late and missing deadlines. At the point where Mike decides to give in despite his idealistic motives to win the case the story ends with a staggering reality. The results of the story are given on the screen before the credits role. This is a very strong story, well directed an written, and in many ways due to the bravura performance of Chris Evans drives home some realities we all need to acknowledge: money and greed speak louder than patient and hospital staff safety. Food for thought. Grady Harp
I actually didn't know this was more or less a true story. Which does make it a bit more interesting although not in the least surprising since the medical industry has always been corrupt in this way. But on to the film.I agree with some other comments. This film only further shows how versatile Chris Evans is. Not sure how seriously I took him 10 years ago in X-Men other than doing a decent job and being funny and quick witted. But he has definitely shown a larger range. He still gets thrown more action kind of roles. But if this movie is any indication he can definitely handle more <more>
complex dramatic roles as well. Personally I really liked this film. I thought the story was very engaging. And honestly I was very drawn in by Chris Evans' performance. Obviously there is no extension of the imagination in a drug addicted lawyer. But he plays it extremely convincingly. Other than that all the other supporting roles are done well and support well.Some of the small criticisms is that it is a bit cliché in the goliath and David story line and all. And like one user pointed out I would have liked to see them show more about the court case itself that the entire film builds up to. But I don't really share the criticism of it being all about Chris's character. I think that was the intent. To show someone who was so smart with so much passion but also with many demons and vices. I think his story was as important as the case he was fighting for was.All and all I found very enjoyable to watch. I actually didn't have the highest hopes but was pleasantly surprised by the excellent acting which more than made up for some of the more common or cliché parts. Check it out if you get a chance.