Puncture

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Released 2011

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Director:
Adam Kassen
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
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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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    The picture benefits from its performances, notably Evans' roguish appeal as a guy simultaneously driven and destructive.

  • 50

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Though conceptually intriguing, the mix of downward drug spiral with uphill struggle for good never really coalesces.

  • 40

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Notable at least in part for its fumbled potential, this health-care-industry melodrama possesses all the right ingredients: an idealistic young lawyer, a corrupt corporate villain...

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