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Punisher: War Zone

HD   R Closed Captioning

Lexi Alexander

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About the Movie

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.

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? – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

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? – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: If most of the budget has gone to ordnance and blood squibs, director Lexi Alexander films the sprays of gore with an artisan's eye, and the results make effective if morally indefensible movie red meat. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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...

And the Oscar goes to. . . . . . .

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.

I wish I had this two hours of my life back

That bad. I know, I was stunned. I loved the 2004 Punisher with Tom Jane and John Travolta, but this was just pathetic. Ray Stevenson is a good actor, but this script was so bad that the movie never had a chance. I would have walked out of the movie, but for some reason I sat through it because I felt obligated because the 2004 Punisher was so good. Alas, this lousy attempt has almost nothing in common with its predecessor. I can not even think of a movie that was worse. Like, I really thought about it and couldn't. Like Doom the movie blew it out of the water--seriously, calling Punisher War Zone horrible is a complement.

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2008

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