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Continuing his crusade to punish violent criminals in America, former FBI agent Frank Castle arrives in New York to take on a scarred villain who plots to take control of the underworld.
- Gale Anne Hurd
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 101
- Fresh: 27
- Rotten: 74
- Average Rating: 4.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Does it have to be so witless, so stupid, so openly contemptuous of the very audience ita(TM)s supposed to be pandering to?
Rotten: At one point, the Punisher is asked who punishes him. The better question for those who made this inane bloodfest is: Why punish us?
Rotten: With its dopey fight scenes, grimy look and goopy gore, this movie is so far from ept that inept is the wrong word. It's anti-ept.
Rotten: Punisher: War Zone is bad enough that it may remind viewers how lucky we have been this year to get two superior superhero movies in Iron Man and The Dark Knight.
Very good for what it is
I bought this movie after hearing from fellow "Punisher" fans that it was excellent. Now, an "excellent" Punisher movie is a far cry from "Lawrence of Arabia," "Citizen Kane" or "Dog Day Afternoon." A film should be judged on its own merits, depending on the genre, the target audience and the original source material (if it's based on previously published work). With that taken into account, this is a very good "Punisher" movie. Stevenson does a good job as Frank Castle, looks the part. The violence is graphic and brutal, but not entirely over the top and unbelievable. The villains are VERY over the top, and I think responsible for most of the harsh critiques I've heard... The writing is FINE, considering the subject matter, and so is the acting. People are saying the acting was terrible, but they were obviously going for a comic-book feel. This movie isn't intended to be a serious drama of a comic movie like Nolan's "Batman" films. This is INTENDED to simply be a testosterone-fueled a*s-kicking session, and it delivers for the most part. Not to say it's a great movie, or that I loved it, but I did enjoy it a lot. It did have certain things about it that made me raise an eyebrow: Several times, the Punisher walks to and from his killing sprees, through the streets and subways of New York, wearing his full "battle suit," guns and all, which is anything but inconspicuous. In the comics, he'd be wearing a trench coat to cover that stuff up. Also, the "skull" painted on his chest plate was way too faint for my taste, most times I could barely see it. And also, with all due respect to Stevenson, I think Tom Jane did a great acting job as Frank Castle, AND got into phenomenal shape for the role. In this new movie, Stevenon is never seen in anything but long-sleeve shirts and jackets, so we really can't tell if he's in any kind of shape at all... All in all though, it is very good for what it is. I'm right, and anyone who disagrees with me is WRONG! lol...
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I went to see this in the theatre with a good friend and his girl. As I recall, she was completely nauseated by the incessant crunching of bones and exploding heads. Naturally, my friend and I were thoroughly entertained. Note that I said "entertained" and not "enriched." I think that as movie-goers we have become jaded in our opinions and feel that every movie has to enhance our existential experience. What happened to just being entertained by violence? Here's the problem with Punisher movies. Marvel has this delusion that this character is mass marketable, which is far from the case. . . but this is exactly why the comics have been met with success. This character appeals to a niche group of devoted fans, who I feel were generally pleased by this film. Sure, the acting mostly sucked, the dialogue was second to all, and the villains were as idiotic as their accents; however, that's what made it work for me. The Garth Ennis Marvel Knights run was rife with morons like the ones punished in this film. For example, one character in the comic had this poignant soliloquy just before a bear knocked his head off: "Look, it's bears!" The fact of the matter is that seeing a bad guy get wasted is always more rewarding when he is an idiot with a crappy accent. It was like all the bad guys knew the whole thing was a joke, but Frank Castle didn't get the memo. If you hate this film, you obviously didn't get the humor beneath this visceral tapestry. This is not Batman, so don't expect much more than a body count that would make even a mongolian warlord wince.
The Real Punisher
If you are a fan of the Punisher, you owe it to yourself to watch this movie. Although I should warn you, it has over the top gore and violence. When I saw it in theatres people were screaming and shouting after almost every kill. The acting or script won't be winning any oscars and the story is pretty basic. If you go into it just expecting a good time with some great action, you will love it!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2008
- © 2008 MHF Zweite Academy Film GmbH & Co. KG. All Rights Reserved. MARVEL KNIGHTS, THE PUNISHER and all MARVEL character names and distinctive likenesses thereof. TM & © 2009 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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