Excerpt: Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) is like a one man task force against crime, driven by forces that few could ever understood and even fewer could endure. Castle’s wife and children were gunned down by mafia hitmen, leaving him in a wake of regret and total chaos. But Castle, a former Special Forces agent, wasn’t going to let the world of organized crime go unpunished, so he became a dark figure known as The Punisher.
Excerpt: “Who Punishes You?” That line is spoken by Julie Benz in Punisher: War Zone , and the only one with any thought, care, or logic in the entire movie. As the third attempt by Hollywood to make a film about Marvel Comics anti-hero, War Zone fails too, although in a different way. For instance, take the lead villain, Jigsaw. Played by Dominic West, the character is campy and over the top, while West gives him the most embarrassing accent you could possibly imagine.
Conclusion: ’Punisher: War Zone’ is one of those films that most fans will love and many critics will loathe with a passion. Fitting into both categories, I’m finding myself sitting on the fence. On one hand, it’s much closer to the ballpark of what The Punisher should be. On the other hand, there are still a few major missteps that can really rub viewers the wrong way. The Blu-ray does have amazing video and sound, though, and the bonuses aren’t too shabby, either.
Excerpt: Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss, Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of the evil deeds go unpunished.
Excerpt: This is Hollywood’s third stab at making a movie out of the Punisher, an ultra-violent comic book character known mostly for his love of guns and a tendency to kill criminals rather than bothering with expensive things like fair trials. Each attempt at bringing him to the screen has been slightly better than the last, but only slightly.
Excerpt: Is it seriously that hard to make a decent Punisher movie? Really? The Marvel Comics anti-hero is pretty much simplicity itself: After watching the gangland murder of his family, Frank Castle goes nuts, dons a T-shirt with a skull on it, and kills every bad guy in sight. Figure out a way to throw in some decent action scenes, temper it with some hand-wringing about the cost of revenge, find the right unsmiling face to play the guy with the guns, add explosions. Bang.
Summary: Did you know kidneys and applesauce are a delicacy in Sweden ? Take Batman, even the very darkest iteration of the character as seen in the Oscar-winning The Dark Knight , strip him of even the last shreds of a conscience when facing off against the city's most hardened criminals, give him a pair of Beretta 92s and a Smith & Wesson .500 revolver, and behold Frank Castle, A.K.A. "The Punisher." Castle and Wayne share more in common than one might expect.