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Punisher: War Zone (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Action & Adventure movie directed by Lexi Alexander

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WONDERFULLY VIOLENT - SHUT YOUR BRAIN OFF AND BE ENTERTAINED

  • Feb 27, 2011
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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 of the first film and added in the acting of the second and mixed in the violence of this one you would have the perfect movie. To me at least that sounds like the perfect movie or at least the perfect Punisher movie.

So after the second film which most people think of as the first film I was excited to say the least when a sequel was announced. But I soon was worried when I learned that Thomas Jade had puller out of the next film, I guess it won't be the same. Luckily for me when we watched this movie it turned out to be a wonderfully violent film that had us all cheering for every death [that sounds weird]. Don't get me wrong there are things one could look at that would rate this film lower but if you go in just wanting to be entertained then this is a winner on all fronts.

It has been years since Frank Castle has lost his family and he has crime in fear and the police kinda on his side. Now Frank has his sights set on a meeting were a few criminals are laying around, it is here that he kills an undercover officer mistaking him for one of the criminals. It is also on this night that the Punisher knocks Billy Russoti into a glass grinder, he becomes Jigsaw [character existed before the Saw series]. Naturally after surviving the glass and such he is no longer Billy the Beaut so he is on a mission to kill The Punisher. So he makes his way to an asylum to free his brother Loony Bin Jim, and that name is very much appropriate for him. He also enlists the help of basically every criminal in the city to help him in his quest to kill Castle. From hostages to gunfire to gore this film is fun for the whole family.

Director Lexi Alexander and writers Nick Santora, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway did the smart thing in my opinion and basically create the Punisher film that every fan wants, and bloody, gritty, dark action flick. Sure there are things that could have been done better but personally the look and feel of this film very much fits the comics, especially the Marvel Knights series in which this is based. I like the way that they were not afraid to get a little gory with this film, there is a lot of well placed blood in this film. Also I am insanely happy that Jigsaw was the villain in this film, Punisher's top enemy in my opinion [or at least my favorite].

Ray Stevenson was great as The Punisher as he fit the attitude, look, and over all demeanor of the comic character. To be honest he looks a lot like the comic character so much that he could be the covers of an issue from now on. Dominic West is delightfully and playfully evil in this film as Jigsaw, and Doug Hutchison was wonderfully violent as his brother Loony Bin Jim. My boy Dash Mihok is good in this as is Wayne Knight, Julie Benz and Stephanie Janusauskas are good in this as well.

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.


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February 27, 2011
Yeah, despite my less than stellar rating from before, I grew on me because of the violence. Wish story was better but I'll take it....nice review.
 
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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
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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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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 ...
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Director: Lexi Alexander
DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
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