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Marvel Comics presents a second big-screen version of THE PUNISHER, with this action-packed adaptation from screenwriter-turned-director Jonathan Hensleigh. Frank Castle (Tom Jane) is a retired F.B.I. agent spurred into action after the merciless slaying of his wife, father, and son. Adopting the superhero guise of The Punisher, Castle aims to wreak vengeance for his dead family by tracking down the culprits responsible for their demise. All clues point to Howard Saint (John Travolta), a ruthless businessman and nightclub owner whose son was mistakenly killed by Castle in a botched undercover operation back in his F.B.I. days. Unique amongst Marvel superheroes, The Punisher possesses no special powers, just remarkable strength parried with a blind determination to avenge his family. As he hunts down Saint, Castle surrounds himself with three fellow societal outcasts to get the job done, namely Joan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Bumpo (John Pinette), and Dave (Ben Foster). Director Hensleigh eschews flashy CGI...
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CastWill Patton
DirectorJonathan Hensleigh
Release Date:  2004
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Lions Gate Home Entertainment (November 21, 2006)
Runtime:  2hr 4min
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review by . October 31, 2004
Pros: Somewhat faithful adaptation of the Marvel Comics classic.      Cons: See Review...     The Bottom Line: In the final analysis, The Punisher is a movie for a rainy night, a snowy afternoon without the kids, and evening in with the boys.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Does Good always have to be virtuous? Can it (good) stoop to the level of Evil perpetrating unflinching violence in order …
review by . April 15, 2004
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Pros: Jane and some good action.     Cons: May be to gritty for some.     The Bottom Line: A pleasant surprise that does the comic legend proud.     Revenge has long been a central theme of literature and films ever since the earliest days of the arts. The early Greek classics as well as the works of Shakespeare and the classic Moby Dick are solid examples of how the desire for revenge propels a character and story.      …
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