Puncture

Monday, September 26 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Puncture

JOY REVIEW

Puncture is based on a true story, and stars Chris Evans as a bearded drug addict, who is also a very talented lawyer. Mark Kassen, who I’ve not seen before but is a terrific actor, plays his high school buddy that has gone into practice with him, and are now taking crucial injury cases.  All of a sudden, they find a case that really gets their mojo going. It’s a woman who contracted AIDS as a nurse when she was inadvertently stuck by a needle. It turns out that there is an inventor who has invented a needle that can’t be reused, which means that you can’t transmit blood-borne diseases by it, and also protects hospital personnel. About a million people — first line medical workers — get stuck by needles inadvertently each year, so it’s a huge problem, and reuse of needles — which many of us knew, that’s part of the plot of the movie — are reused in Africa, up to 200 times, spreading the transmission of AIDS and hepatitis and all sorts of other nasty little diseases. So the idea is that this guy has an invention that will actually stop the loss of life, but the drug companies don’t want to use it because it costs five cents extra a needle. The hospitals won’t use it and the big pharm cartels have a lock on everything. So this is a story about conspiracy — that could have been a documentary — but is well served by the hunky Chris Evans, who looks in awfully good shape for a drug addict. You’ll be compelled by this, both because it’s based on a true story and because it’s well acted. So I give it four stars.

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