I liked the last Punisher movie that came out with Thomas Jane and John Travolta but it was just OKAY. You would think with a character like Punisher who really is just a highly train rogue special agent with lots of guns it would fit in the recent trend of trying to ground superheros in the "real world" but for that movie somehow it just made it one of those movies that you rent once and maybe don't change it if comes on TV on a weekend afternoon. Punisher: Warzone isn't like that at all. In fact it's the complete opposite. Comic book characters aren't supposed to be like real people. If I want realism I'll read non-fiction or watch a documentary. If I want a world full of sociopaths whether they be good or bad, impractical clothing, bumbling corrupt authorities and over-the-top battles then I turn towards comics. And this movie does not disappoint.
For those who don't know, Punisher aka Frank Castle is pretty much a maniac who's life work has become to eliminate crime -- mainly organized crime -- in New York at whatever means necessary because the mob murdered his family. He's like a combination of Batman and Charles Bronson from Death Wish. This movie forgoes the origins and gets straight to the action with Castle busting in on a meeting and laying waste to everyone there with a combination of bullets, knives and dinner ware. It sets the tone for the rest of the movie of having characters act like they would in a comic instead of the real world. All of the action is so off the wall it's almost campy in some points, but has tension when the story requires it, reloading weapons seems to be optional and the amount of blood in the human body seems to be almost limitless. Through all of this though there is an appropriate amount of character development to keep the movie from being too mindless but not so much as to slow down the pacing. You get the feeling that that Castle has a very pained soul and that he used to be normal and that those around him believe in the work he does. It is also very clear that his enemy in this, jigsaw who is a narcissistic mob boss who gets his face sliced to hell after Punisher knocks him into a vat of glass was a psychopath before and is just made worse after becoming disfigured.
If you are a fan of action movies and think of some of the gritter comic characters like Wolverine have been too toned down in their latest big screen incarnations than this movie should be a great watch. It has a decent story, it's ultra-violent with lots of action and the dialogue seemed to be an afterthought. If Michael Ironsides and satire towards fascism were in it I would think it were a Paul Verhoeven movie.
Punisher: War Zone is a bloody, violent and grim sequel to the reboot of The Punisher. This time around, the film is more like the comic book, it's very dark and grim. Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) goes toe-to-toe with the sadistic Jigsaw (Dominic West) and his psychotic brother Looney Bin Jim in a no holds bloody showdown that pushes Frank Castle to the limit. I was so glad to see this film because I really didn't care for the first remake. Julie Benz is still sporting … more
Wow, just sat through the "thrilling" and "tense" sequel to Thomas Jane's original Punisher, Punisher 2: War Zone. As in my headline, let this be a warning to all those tempted to throw this little shiny nugget into their movie maker machine thingy at home. Don't do it. This is a direct to dvd movie, and that is for a very good reason folks. If this movie was a character in the original movie, then Thomas Jane's Punisher would … more
Let's get one thing straight; Marvel Knight's comic series "The Punisher" isn't exactly a grand piece of comic book ingenuity. The comic was gritty, brutal, violent and full of blood and gore. Upon seeing this latest film based on the popular comic character, I wasn't expecting much. Lexi Alexander's "PUNISHER WARZONE" isn't a sequel to the wimpy rendition with Thomas Jane, this one's a reboot; so any continuity issues is not a mistake. The two films are totally different in formula and feel. So … more
While I thoroughly enjoyed Thomas Jane's turn as Frank Castle in 2004's The Punisher, a part of me wanted the title character to get just a bit nastier, a bit dirtier and a heck of a lot more violent. Enter Ray Stevenson (Titus Pullo of Rome), a bigger, badder version of Frank Castle. Not only does Stevenson fully claim the role of the Punisher in Punisher: War Zone, he dominates every scene he is in. In Punisher: War Zone, we are … more
Before I start, I'd like to say this about the previous 2 punishers. The first one was "acceptable" since it was an 80s movie. You don't expect great plots and great acting from 80s movies. You accept them for what they are, just low budget action flicks. The 2nd movie, with John Travolta as the villain, had no excuse to suck that bad. I mean it wasn't a low budget movie and the previous comic book movies that came out before it like spiderman and xmen were big blockbuster hits. But enough about … more
Punisher: War Zone was a big surprise for me. I wasn't impressed with the first reboot of the Punisher series (but I did enjoy the Dolph Lundgren version) so I was very skeptical when this one came out. I saw it on Blu-Ray and the action just blew me away. It was totally hardcore and. ultraviolent I really enjoyed it because it captured the feel of the comic book with it's dark tone and violent gun battles and bone crunching action. Too bad the first … more
One of the best things about Comic book movie adaptations are the sheer over the top action sequences. The over the top action is no more apparent than in this sequel to the original Punisher movie which was released in 2004. The difference between the two movies has to be the violence level is turned up to the max in this one. The over the top villain is also something that has managed to make this film much more enjoyable than the first. Replacing Thomas Jane, I still have my reservations about … more
Punisher: War Zone is a 2008 American comic book Action film directed by Lexi Alexander; based on the fictional Marvel Comics vigilante/anti-hero The Punisher. The 3rd film to depict Marvel Comics character of Frank Castle "The Punisher". The film is a reboot which follows the original telling of Frank Castle's war on crime and corruption rather than a sequel to 2004's The Punisher, or 1989's The Punisher and is the first film to be produced under the Marvel Studios and Marvel Knights production banner, which focuses on films for mature audiences. English actor Ray Stevenson replaced Thomas Jane as Frank Castle. In the film, Castle wages a one-man war against a horribly disfigured mob boss known as Jigsaw (Dominic West). Punisher: War Zone was released in North America by Lionsgate on December 5, 2008, and was released February 6, 2009 in the United Kingdom.