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Puncture (2011)

Chris Evans , Brett Cullen , Mark Kassen , Adam Kassen  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Evans, Brett Cullen, Michael Biehn, Vanessa Shaw, Mark Kassen
  • Directors: Mark Kassen, Adam Kassen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OY6LBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is a talented young Houston lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (co-director Mark Kassen), his longtime friend and partner, is the straight-laced and responsible yin to Mike's yang. Their mom-and-pop personal injury law firm is getting by, but things really get interesting when they decide to take on a case involving Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), a local ER nurse, who is pricked by a contaminated needle on the job. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, a health care and pharmaceutical conspiracy teeters on exposure and heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense. Out of their league but invested in their own principles, the mounting pressure of the case pushes the two underdog lawyers and their business to the breaking point.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Sometimes the brightest light comes from the darkest places" This is the true story about Mike Weiss (Evans) a personal injury lawyer who takes on a huge health supply company after one of his clients is infected with a dirty needle. The client is a nurse in a hospital that uses plastic needles that are re-used over and over. Mike wants to make it so every hospital only uses the one time use only needles that his other client manufactures. The only problem is that Mike is a drug addicted mess. This movie is deceiving. The first half hour to me was a little slow and wasn't sure if I could make it through. When it picked up, it really picked up and sucked me in. By the end of the movie you are very engrossed and are pulling for someone you normally wouldn't. A movie much like "Runaway Jury" mixed with "The Lincoln Lawyer", not quite as good as "Lincoln Lawyer" though. Overall, a very good law movie that will make you think. I give it a B+.

*Also try - Lincoln Lawyer & Runaway Jury
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ya can't have everything . . . January 25, 2012
Format:DVD
The creators of this movie had to make choices. For viewers who like a artistically well-rounded film, it may have disappointed. The larger "point" to Puncture was to recreate in a microcosm the protracted battle which politically and legally helped expose some of the rampant corruption in the medical supply industry. The actual event was defused by settlement in the early 2000's. The fact that it still strikes a nerve these days is testimony to the work we still need to do in containing the excesses of corruption in the area of commercial health care. It is a reminder of the need for constant vigilance in an arena that too many consumers naively trust.

It's a personal thing, I guess . . . I found it a stylish, well-paced movie with a gripping plot. Like another reviewer, I was more focused on the injustice of the stifling of the invention by corporate power and greed, than wanting a perfectly formed hero and plot resolution. Hey, that's life. It's not usually like a classic movie script. Some of the peripheral characters weren't fleshed out, and the lawyers for the defense were formula villains, but I felt the inventor's helpless rage, Danziger's frustration and fear, and Weiss's alternating disconnection and intensity. If the script was kind of jerky, well, that's the way that Weiss was probably seeing his life go by, and maybe not a bad directorial device.

4 stars for taking on a difficult story that's all too sadly been seen before, and trying it from a different angle.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a real story December 3, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was lucky enough to see this film when it opened and I was not disappointed. While it may have some subjective flaws, the message of the film is important. And those that see it should remember is it based on a real story; and those rarely satisfy the Hollywood-addicted among us. Real life takes turns we often don't want or expect.

I just hear about the DVD being released and I am going to preorder it when I finish this review. If you don't get distracted by what could be flaws and details that are not part of the main storyline, I think you will like this movie. I also think you will have some greater measure of your opinion of Chris Evans' acting ability. I know I do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. January 22, 2012
Format:DVD
I remember seeing the preview for this during another movie.
I'll admit, I rented it for a rather shallow reason.
Captain America Chris Evan's with facial hair. :)
For that reason alone I had to see it.
That said I was treated to an absolutely awesome movie.
In a nutshell...
The movie opens with a nurse being stuck with a needle.
A man has invented a safe needle that won't stick the user or the medical professional but hospitals won't buy it.
Enter a small law firm who takes the case.
One lawyer is the ultimate drug addict/party boy "Evan's".
His partner is the straight laced type.
They take the case, sue the medical industry and...no spoilers...you'll just have to rent it.
I loved it.
Amazing acting.
Fast paced and interesting direction.
Everything was done well.
Excellent story from start to finish.
Highly recommended.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie December 7, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
A common incident among healthcare professionals is accidental needle puncture. Sadly, thousands of medical staff are infected every year with various forms of hepatitis, Syphilis, Herpes and AIDS because of needlestick injuries.
This movie is the true story of a lawyer who finds out about these accidents and fights to get a safer syringe used in hospitals across the country. The characters are very convincing as real people with real problems. The acting by Chris Evans, Mark Kassen and Vinessa Shaw is all incredible and I hope Chris gets an Oscar nod for his great performance.
The film keeps a fast pace and although it's a courtroom drama it's never unexciting. The filmmakers keep the style fresh and use the camera to allow the audience complete understanding of the characters thoughts. It is a strong film with a powerful story and incredible acting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful movie January 6, 2012
Format:DVD
This is a movie that definitely sneaks up on you and hits you from behind. It was compelling and surprisingly evocative. The acting was believable and the writing a cut above from the usual 'based on a true story' kind of movie. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by ariel
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed watching him in this movie playing in a role ...
I am a huge fan of Chris Evans. Having watched him in The Avengers and Captain America, I am now going back and watching his earlier films. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Avengermama
4.0 out of 5 stars He should make more movies like this. This movie for me makes him a...
People should watch this movie. It is based on a true story that makes people realize that our safety sometimes based upon how much really our lives cost!!! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Raymond Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A deeply moving piece about the muzzle of addiction and the restraints of big business. Highly impressive performance.
Published 1 month ago by Meg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good and Scary Flick
I thought this movie was quite good. The story line was solid and Chris Evan's performance was quite stellar. It brought a new level of respect for him as an actor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marcel J
5.0 out of 5 stars health workers must watch this movie
i purchased this because it starred chris evans (yey!). but as the story progressed, i got drawn to the character more than just looking at the eye-candy that chris is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gretchen Manigsaca
4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It
I liked it Chris Evans kind of confused me at one point in the movie, however it the long run the movie was a great movie to watch. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracie Little
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for Chris Evans's Acting
The story of the film presents a real-life social/political issue reminiscent of Erin Brockovich, but the execution in film was limited. Read more
Published 3 months ago by NN Grayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
It's a true story and an important story, and Chris Evans carries the whole film. I was sad this didn't make more at the box office
Published 3 months ago by Chuck Sambuchino
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story; just a bit slow
Love the story but the melancholy pace at times makes it a little slow through some of the story. But the facts are really interesting and I learned some things I didn't know. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Austin Mom
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