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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Alchemy / Millennium
  • Release Date: Jan. 3 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005OY6LBE
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Puncture

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Format: DVD
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.
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Good film!!! Quick delivery
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Good acting
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6d53798) out of 5 stars 117 reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5a222e8) out of 5 stars A different take on the lawyer movie. Starts slow, by the end you are rooting for a drug addict. Not a usual thing. I say B+ Nov. 30 2011
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
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
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5a2233c) out of 5 stars Ya can't have everything . . . Jan. 25 2012
By Still Singin' - Published on Amazon.com
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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5a22774) out of 5 stars Brilliant. Jan. 22 2012
By Brian Nallick - Published on Amazon.com
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.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5a22b34) out of 5 stars It's a real story Dec 3 2011
By C. Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5a22ae0) out of 5 stars Powerful movie Jan. 6 2012
By lgtrellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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