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Puncture (2011)

R  |   |  Drama  |  15 March 2012 (Thailand)
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A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.

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Paul Danziger
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Jeffrey Dancort
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Daryl King
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Nurse Vicky Rogers
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Sylvia
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Red
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Senator O'Reilly
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Kim Danziger
Tess Parker ...
Jaime Weiss
Justin Anderson ...
Skateboard Kid
Jack Lee ...
Mr. Clean
Brittney Karbowski ...
Suzie / Blonde Student
Mark Lanier ...
Mark Lanier
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Idealistic lawyers Mike Weiss and Paul Danziger are partners. Mike is a drug-addict and Paul is a family man with a pregnant wife. When nurse Vicky Rogers seeks them out, they learn that she contracted AIDS a couple of years ago when she was accidentally pinpricked with a contaminated needle by a violent patient. Vicky shows a retractable safety needle invented by engineer Jeffrey Matthew Dancort, 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. Danziger and Weiss accept the case and go to court against United Medical, defended by powerful lawyer Nathaniel Price. Soon, they see all the doors closed in their fight against the powerful mafia of the medical supply system. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for drug use, language, some nudity and a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$29,175 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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$67,071 (USA) (21 October 2011)
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This movie is based on a true story and had the blessing of real-life Weiss and Danziger. Weiss and Danzinger had been approached by an inventor having trouble selling a safety syringe developed to protect health care workers from accidentally being infected by dirty needles due to a major industry needle maker and hospital group purchasing organizations pushing back against the introduction of the new, safer syringes. See more »

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The movie takes place in 1998, but when Weiss is talking to different people in the materials department, one of them has a black Dell LCD monitor which wasn't available until the mid-2000s. See more »

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Nurse Vicky Rogers: Sometimes the brightest light comes from the darkest places.
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Surprisingly Mesmerizing
30 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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 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.


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