Adam Kassen & Mark Kassen
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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 41
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 20
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: [It] possesses all the right ingredients: an idealistic young lawyer, a corrupt corporate villain and a sympathetic victim. It just fails to assemble them into a compelling whole.
Fresh: This true-life film is a likable oddity: a rambling, low-budget Erin Brockovich with a cokehead hero.
Fresh: Working from a fact-based script, tyro helmers Adam and Mark Kassen fashion an impassioned expose on the health-care industry full of strange-but-true incongruities in Puncture.
Rotten: Puncture is proudly "Based on a True Story." As is so often the case, this means an indifference to "true" human relationships in favor of crusading self-righteousness.
Worthwhile and Eye Opening
This true story touches on corruption from government officials, to lawyers, to corporations and hospitals. Great acting, and telling of a story that needed to be told. I wish there were more movies like this.
Chris Evans was really good in "Captain America", but he reallys shines as a disfunctional lawyer and drug addict. Worth checking out!
Thought-provoking & entertaining
A little bit Erin Brockovich, a little bit Leaving Las Vegas—this movie is so much more than I expected. (And yes, Chris Evans being in it doesn't hurt.) I won't give away the ending except to say that the performances and the story will truly surprise you—even more so when you remember that it's based on actual events.