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Punisher: War Zone cannot be adequately described as "over the top"--it's a relentless catalogue of brutal mayhem punctuated, here and there, with outrageous sentimentality. Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher (Ray Stevenson, Rome) has dedicated his life to killing the kind of gangsters who murdered his family. But when he unknowingly kills an undercover FBI agent, Castle falls into a crisis of conscience and decides to lay down his guns. Unfortunately, one of the last gangsters he thought he'd killed survived, albeit horribly disfigured, and seeks revenge on the wife and daughter of that slain FBI agent--so Castle has to go one last spree of vigilante justice! But this plot summary will not prepare you for the jolting violence ofPunisher: War Zone; rarely do more than a few minutes go by without startling physical savagery, particularly to people's heads, which get blown apart with numbing frequency. This violence somehow goes hand in hand with dizzyingly saccharine moments when a young girl gazes at Castle with trusting eyes, knowing in her heart that he's the only one who can protect her. The dialogue goes beyond cliche into tough guy baroque. Stevenson underplays Castle to good effect, because everyone else in the movie--including Dominic West (The Wire), Doug Hutchison (The Green Mile), and Wayne Knight (Seinfeld)--chews the scenery like it's slathered with gravy. Some viewers will find this movie revolting; others will worship it like a golden calf. You probably know where you stand. --Bret Fetzer
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CastDominic West, Julie Benz, Colin Salmon, Wayne Knight, Ray Stevenson
DirectorLexi Alexander
DVD Release Date:  March 17, 2009
Runtime:  103 minutes
Studio:  Lions Gate
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review by . February 27, 2011
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WONDERFULLY VIOLENT - SHUT YOUR BRAIN OFF AND BE ENTERTAINED
      PUNISHER WARZONE      I have been a fan of Marvel Comics since forever and The Punisher has always been one of my favorite characters of all time. I probably am one of the few people that says they have enjoyed all three of the Punisher films but it is the truth, every one of them have been entertaining in my book. In fact if you were to put the three together you would most likely have the greatest movie ever made, think about it. If you took the atmosphere …
Quick Tip by . February 27, 2011
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This movie is a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night especially with friends watching while eating pizza and such [great night]. Go into this with the brain shut off and ready to be entertained and I know you will enjoy it. Sure this is not the greatest movie ever made but man is it a fun one
review by . March 19, 2009
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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 given a reboot of the Punisher's origin. …
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