Knowing a safer product is available, but politics keep it from being used is infuriating.
Even more infuriating is how nothing has really changed.
Mike Weiss is both heartbreaking and maddening...of course, who knows how much of his character is exaggerated. Chris Evans does a great job.
This is a curiously understated film that draws you in because these people are so atypical and the case it presents is so vital and encompassing. The screenplay was co-written by one of the lawyers involved, ensuring that the film is true, and the performances are solid.
Perhaps the biggest surprise here is Chris Evans, getting his first chance to actually prove himself as an actor, who gives a marvelous performance on so many levels. If more people had seen the film, this would have possibly been the performance to elevate his acting career, if not his star appeal. I was also very impressed with Marshall Bell and Brett Cullen in supporting roles, two actors who have never gotten a chance to shine like they do here.
There's a devastating twist at the end that you won't see coming, and while the final scene has the feel of a feel-good Hollywood picture, it also rings of authenticity as the story is true. "Puncture" is a memorable film told with little flash or flair, but with solid acting and a smart script. The story is compelling enough to stand on its own and it draws you in with precious little effort.