- 1 hr 40 min
Puncture is a gripping courtroom drama based on a true story, directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen. The movie delves into the legal and moral complexities of the healthcare industry in the United States, where powerful players are known to manipulate the system for their own gain, regardless of the consequences. The movie follows the story of Mike Weiss (Chris Evans), a highly talented but drug-addicted lawyer based in Houston, Texas. Weiss is portrayed as a brilliant legal mind who is often high in court but manages to win cases through his persuasive arguments. While Weiss is well-known for taking on cases that many other lawyers would not, he becomes obsessed with representing an injured nurse who developed a serious blood infection from using a poorly designed needle. The case turns out to be much bigger than Weiss had anticipated because of the needle manufacturer's deep pockets and powerful law firm. The needle was a design flaw, allowing blood to flow backward into the needle barrel, leading to severe infections. When the manufacturers realize this, they try to suppress information about these dangers and continue to sell the needles to hospitals instead. The nurse's case bears significant ramifications because it could expose the atrocities that are common in the healthcare industry. Weiss's involvement in the case soon gets him dragged into a quagmire of conflicts of interest when he realizes that a case could significantly impact his life. He becomes steadfast in his crusade against the manufacturers who put the profits before patients' interests. As Weiss and Paul Danziger (Mark Kassen), his partner, investigate and dig deeper into the case, they uncover a massive conspiracy to cover up the risks of the needles. The hospital corporation, where the nurse worked, is also equally culpable for not insisting on providing safer needles. Many people involved in the case received threats, and some even lost their lives. The movie spends much of its time exploring Mike Weiss's drug addiction, his troubled personal life, and his deteriorating physical condition. He takes pills and cocaine to enhance his performance in the courtroom, and his addiction pushes away his girlfriend, who also works at the law firm. Weiss's substance abuse is a recurring theme that ultimately affects the outcome of his case. The story takes a dramatic turn when Weiss overdoses while at court, causing a rift in his partnership with Danziger, who tries to ask Weiss to check himself into rehab. However, Weiss refuses to go on account of him needing to finish the case. The courtroom scenes are the highlight of the movie, building up to a climatic scene where later it's revealed the judge that Mike and Paul thought would understand the gravity of the case was going to rule against them. A manipulative lawyer portrayed by Brett Cullen employs underhanded tactics to distract the jury from the critical information, arguing that it was the nurse's fault for not knowing how to use the needles properly. Overall, Puncture is a masterful legal drama that explores complex issues surrounding greed, corruption, and the fine line between ethical and unethical practices in the healthcare industry. The performances are compelling, particularly Chris Evans in his electrifying lead role as Weiss. The film takes an honest yet sobering look at what goes on behind the scenes in the medical world, emphasizing the importance of standing up for what is right, even when it seems like the odds are stacked against you. Puncture is a must-watch for anyone interested in the healthcare industry or legal dramas.