Movie Review: Puncture

There are so many things going on in the health care system that we don’t know about.

Just like the plague of cigarette giants and big oil, companies are holding back true innovations that could make us a healthier and more fruitful race.

Have you ever wondered why there is no cure for the common cold?

Yes, it is not a deadly disease unless it turns into pneumonia but it is an annoyance every man, woman and child goes through at least once a year.

The reason is because the drugs for prevention and relief of the common cold is a multi-billion dollar industry.

The deadliest disease sweeping this planet is GREED.

Based on a true story, “Puncture” tells the story of attorneys Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) and Paul Danziger (Mark Kassen), who pulled back the veil of the health care system and uncovered how greed was suppressing introducing the “safety needle” into hospitals.

This innovative needle is sort of like a Bic pen. You clip the top after the injection and the needle disappears. It can never be reused and can never prick a nurse thus passing on an infectious disease. Why would anyone not want that in a hospital? GREED.

If you into this movie thinking it is going to be Erin Brockovich or A Civil Action then you would be sorely disappointed. This is a movie about our demons, morals and the bottom line. There is a raging conflict in all of us that has to do with these three things.

The Chris Evans character is not only a hotshot lawyer but he is also a man on the edge. He is a chronic drug user. When the biggest case of his life drops right into his lap, his addiction begins to take over his life. Evans does all he can with this character.

But I think he could have been darker and more disturbed. I don’t know how dark the real Mike Weiss was but the movie shows him snorting cocaine, dropping prescription drugs and even smoking crack.

He is surrounded by hookers and drug addicts throughout the film but his character never engages in sex even though he likes phoning a “sex therapy” hotline. I think if this film was going to be the best it could have been it should have went for the jugular.

The movie itself is very flat for what is all going on in here. The pacing is off and some circumstances just don’t make sense. But the message of the film is pretty powerful and could have been a wake up call.

3.5 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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