Puncture (2011)

When I first saw that Chris Evans was starring in this legal drama, I was preparing myself for some sort of popcorn movie about smart things that isn’t really smart.  I should have been more prepared for Evans’ movie choices surprising me instead, as this was more than a solid courtroom legal thriller, it had depth and pain to it.  It wasn’t something just about Hero Lawyer saves Maligned Victim, it had layers of issues surrounding the entire story.

Mike Weiss (Evans) is a semi-idealistic lawyer, having a practice with his injury suit partner Paul Danzinger (co-director Mark Kassen) and occasionally getting passionately involved in certain cases.  When a former nurse, Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), contacts them in regards to forcing hospital companies to carry safe needles to avoid the accidental infection problem that afflicted Vicky, Mike sacrifices numerous things in the pursuit of true justice and uncovering the truth.

Weiss is an amazingly conflicted character, razor sharp in the courtroom and a near disastrous mess outside in his personal life, essentially a highly-functional drug addict.  I really admired what Evans put into the performance, and the direction is also remarkable for what would – in a more gutless director’s hands – be just another cookie cutter A Civil Action, not that there was really anything bad about that movie.  Puncture just paves the road a bit, shows that there’s more to be had from a legal thriller than just exactly what you expect.

4 / 5

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Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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