Not being reader of comic books and not having noticed that this film was base on a Marvel Comic hero, I watched this movie as though it were another Action/Special Effects/Fire and Explosions escape film. It was only about a half hour into this rather violent picture that it became apparent that the characters were just too off the wall NOT to be comic book creations. Now Tom (aka Thomas) Jane is a worthy actor to portray such heroes: he certainly is buff and the camera concentrates more on his rather magnificent shirtless torso than on the story (a good choice in this case). John Travolta continues his survey of just plain evil guys, and the good guys equal the bad guys as far as character portrayal. The concept of Revenge (read Punishment) is developed a bit slowly because of Jane's character diversion of becoming an alcohol and hiding in a rooming house with some pretty absurd characters. But given the genre of comic book stories, this one stands up pretty well. It is so obvious that there will be more sequels (if this film makes any money on the world market) unless this singular effort becomes 'toast' like about every character in this LaLa Land movie. Yet, cheers for Jane and Travolta!
This movie is about an FBI agent who basically has his entire family murdered in by a enemy. After the police fail to bring the criminals to justice, he is out for blood and decides to take matters into his own hands. If you like action movies then this is a must see.
It confuses me at how this film did so poorly when compared to other comic book flicks. It has plenty of great action for the action buffs, the story is excellent, even though many claim that it veers wide of the original story, and the acting is great, excepting John Travolta, whose performance was less than expected. I loved comics as a kid, and I read a few as I entered college, but I've never read any "Punisher" comics unless he happened to pop up in someone else's story. … more
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The impressively muscular chest of Tom Jane is the focal point ofThe Punisher, a movie based on a Marvel Comics superhero. Frank Castle (Jane,Deep Blue Sea) retires from the FBI, which means--as any moviegoer expects--that his family is toast. Howard Saint (John Travolta,Face/Off), a shady Florida businessman whose son was killed in Castle's last mission, orders a hit not only on Castle's wife and child, but also on his parents and a whole bunch of aunts, uncles, cousins, and so forth. The killers shoot Castle himself in the chest, but he inexplicably survives and--as any moviegoer expects--sets out to even the score. Implausibly, given his sometimes curious and roundabout methods, he succeeds. Also featuring Will Patton (Armageddon) as an oily thug, Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) as Saint's fleshpot wife, and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (X-Men) as a waitress with bad taste in men.--Bret Fetzer