Friday, September 23, 2011

In Theaters : PUNCTURE (2011)

Official Synopsis : 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 traight-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.

Genre: Drama

What to Expect : A true story version of "The Lincoln Lawyer", featuring a determined, but self-destructive character (played by Chris Evans) and a crusade against the health care system. What's not to like about it ? Be warned, though, unlike "The Lincoln Lawyer", this movie is more focused on the drama and less on the thrills, so don't see it if you're just looking for something to go along with your popcorn. LIMITED RELEASE.

Critical Response : Mixed. Critics didn't have much of a problem with the movie's David vs. Goliath courtroom story. What they did have a problem with, was the heavy-handed handling of it. Chris Evans was widely acknowledged as an effective lead, but remarked that the character is fairly hard to sympathize with, which sort of undermines the movie's strength. Rated 61% on Rottentomatoes.com from 11 positive and 7 negative reviews.

More Details : 

  • Starring : Chris Evans, Michael Biehn, Mark Kassen, Kate Burton, Vinessa Shaw.

  • Director : Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen.

  • Screenplay : Chris Lopata.

  • Running Time : 100 min.

  • Rating : R for drug use, language, some nudity and a sexual reference.


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