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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 100 MIN | 2011

PUNCTURE

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Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is a talented young Houston lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (co-director Mark Kassen), his longtime friend and partner, is the straight-laced and responsible yin to Mike's yang. Their mom-and-pop personal injury law firm is getting by, but things really get interesting when they decide to take on a case involving Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), a local ER nurse, who is pricked by a contaminated needle on the job. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, a health care and pharmaceutical conspiracy teeters on exposure and heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense. Out of their league but invested in their own principles, the mounting pressure of the case pushes the two underdog lawyers and their business to the breaking point.

Brothers and first-time directors Mark and Adam Kassen bring this real-life story to the screen with all the urgency and passion of the subjects themselves. The result is an effective issue-driven drama that finds its footing in a contemporary David and Goliath story. The performances are solid and Chris Evans refreshingly infuses Weiss with crackling charisma while grounding him with real insecurities and compassion.
Film Information
Year: 2011
Length: 100 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Brett Cullen, Marshel Bell, Vinessa Shaw, Michael Biehn
Director: Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen
Screenwriter: Chris Lopata
Producer: Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen
Executive Producer: Paul Danzinger, Rod De Liano, Craig Cohen, Jeffrey Gou, Joan Huang
Cinematographer: Helge Greull
Editor: Chip Smith
Story By: Paul Danziger and Ela Thier
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About the Director(s)
ADAM KASSEN produced the films Trigger Happy, The Good Student, The Sasquatch Gang, and Bernard and Doris, for which Adam was nominated for a Golden Globe, Emmy, and Producer of the Year Award by the PGA. MARK KASSEN has acted on TV, Broadway shows, and films including Trigger Happy, Mr. Gibb, and Why Not.

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