With an epidemic of health care workers getting accidentally stabbed by needles ever day, who better to plead the case of a revolutionary new needle device guaranteed safe then...why a drug-addled attorney of course! It’s the premise of the new inspired by real life drama "Puncture," out Jan. 3 from Millennium Entertainment. Review court is in session below!
Grade: 2 1/2
Cast: Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Vinessa Shaw
Director: Adam Kassen & Mark Kassen
Runtime: 100 minutes
Release Company: Millennium Entertainment
The Flick: I love the ideas and story put forth by "Puncture" (a David and Goliath tale about trying to get a safe needles into hospitals), but the film has a stumbling block in the form of hard-to-root-for drug abusing lead attorney played by Chris Evans. Out to win simply for the pleasure, his character is nearly devoid of any empathy (or at least not enough to stop him from shooting the brown candy!) or morals and it turn leaves someone that’s very hard to root for. Evans does his charming best to keep folks interested, but there’s just too much bad and not nearly enough good to keep audiences engrossed in his cause. (And that’s even with the underused Vinessa Shaw playing one of the victims!) When you dislike the messenger, it’s hard to keep the importance of the message in mind.
Best Feature: No features. This one does say bonus material on the box, but like the questionable likeability of the lead character, I’ll be damned if I could find it.
Best Hidden Gem: Vinessa Shaw, the underrated gal who is on one of my 'Actresses to Watch For' articles, is as compelling as ever playing an infected mom down on her luck.
Worth the Moola: Again, the story is fascinating, but held together by a guy who turns letting everyone down into an art form – get a new lawyer.