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Undercover FBI agent Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) is crushed when his wife and children are killed after accidentally witnessing a mafia hit. With nothing left to lose or to live for, Castle becomes "The Punisher" -- a one-man judge, jury and executioner who declares open season on criminals throughout America. Based on the Marvel Comics character, the film also stars John Travolta, Laura Harring, Samantha Mathis and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 167
- Fresh: 48
- Rotten: 119
- Average Rating: 4.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Gets us lost early in the first half-hour and never succeeds in completely luring us in.
Rotten: Mismanages its greatest asset: an unusual embarrassment of camp riches.
Rotten: There isn't a moment in The Punisher that isn't borrowed or stolen from another movie.
Rotten: The graphic nature of the violence that makes The Punisher hard to recommend without serious caveats.
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The Punisher walks through the world we all know, a world darkened by war, crime, cruelty and injustice. He has no superpowers to battle the evil he sees - only his fierce intelligence, his years of combat experience and, above all, his iron determination to avenge those wronged by society's villains. New York Times (04/16/2004) "Jonathan Hensleigh's movie version of the Punisher's origins stays true to its hero by being similarly stripped-down, efficient and mean." Los Angeles Times (04/16/2004) "THE PUNISHER is that rare comic book movie that actually feels like a comic book....These battles are a cost-effective throwback. They depend on the physical side of moviemaking...and top of the line stunt work..." USA Today (04/16/2004) "[Z]ippy and amusingly cast....A film whose primary plus is a sense of humor." Entertainment Weekly (05/01/2004) "[K]ick back, and wistfully remember a time when someone named Dolph could be a movie star." Chicago Sun-Times (04/16/2004) "[T]he film, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, is consistently well-acted, and has some scenes of real power." Uncut (10/01/2004) "[The] gloriously violent action sequences have a refreshingly downbeat `70s exploitation edge. Nasty, brain-dead fun." Sight and Sound (11/01/2004) "[The director] takes a retro-action route with tributes to pre-CGI stuntwork. Most impressive is a frantic car-chase..."
great film...plot description a bit off
Great film, but plot description is off. In this film Frank Castle becomes the punisher after his wife, son, and entire extended family were killed in a gangland style execution, due to his part in an illegal weapons deal bust that resulted in the death of a well connected "Bad Guy's" sons' death.
tihs is an excellent movie
yes the plot out lined by itunes is the comic book version the movie version does an excellent job of thier own version and this movie is completly worth the 10 dollars if you dont think so find me and i will give you the money back personally
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2004
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