The Punisher/The Punisher: War Zone [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Double bill of action thrillers based on the 1970s Marvel comic strip. In 'The Punisher' (2004), Frank Castle (Tom Jane) is a retired FBI agent spurred into action after the merciless revenge killing of his wife, father, and son. Despite having no special powers (unlike his fellow Marvel characters), Castle nevertheless adopts the superhero guise of The Punisher, and sets out 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 young son was mistakenly killed by Castle in a botched undercover operation back in his FBI days. In 'The Punisher: War Zone' (2008), the infamous vigilante Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) is still seeking revenge for the murder of his wife and children, and when he discovers that a New York crime syndicate was responsible, he brutally assaults every member of the group. As well as severely disfiguring gangster Billy Russoti (Dominic West), Castle also unwittingly murders an undercover FBI agent. As a result, Castle soon finds himself pursued by the NYPD's special Punisher Task Force unit, which is joined by the dead federal agent's former partner, Paul Budiansky (Colin Salmon). Meanwhile, Russoti, now using the alias 'Jigsaw', has assembled a massive army of mobsters and killers to try and bring Castle down, using the surviving wife (Julie Benz) and daughter of the dead agent as bait.
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The first one had some great humour & laugh out loud one liners... Excellent cast from John Travolta & his minions playing wonderful bad guys to the Punisher himself & the endearing cast of lovable misfits who share the appartments where he lives...
The second one, although lacking the humour of the first, more than made up for it in a darker tale that is brutal in the telling with stunning special effects, great cast & shot like a comic book with wonderfully expressed comic book villians to give our anti-hero a run for his money... Oh & Julie Benz is always a definite bonus...
I love this film. Its the traditional origin story for a comic book hero, and as such will have to take critiscism from fans, because its unlikely going to stick to whatever the character experienced in the comic backgrounds. This particular film, in fact, is frowned upon because it does take a while to build up to Thomas Jane's Punisher stepping onto the screen. But this is crucial: we need to know his family, we need to know his pain. We need to know what drives him to being the man without mercy...and after the wrenching first act, and he puts on that scary skull shirt...oooooffff. John Travolta hams it up to aplomb as the villain Howard Saint, but in no bad way. Tom Jane's excellent as our vengeancistic hero.The supporting cast are all wonderful; Will Patton, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ben Foster, Roy Scheider (personal hero)...! Oh and theres a famous wrestler in there, Wrestling fans... The action is punchy; short and bloody without the need for explosive set pieces. Its quite a short feeling film; there is no massive action scene and it does feel slightly as if it was filmed in a weekend. But... Its not at fault. I'll tell you what the real steal is though; the MUSIC. Carlo Siliotto creates a wondrously morose theme and goes with it. The score soundtrack is sublime.
On Blu Ray, it just LOOKS amazing. Enough said. The extras are all the same as the DVD, and the commentary with director Jonathan Hensleigh is very listenable. Recommended.
Not a sequel, but not a remake. We start with Frank Castle already the punisher, and although it retells the origin in flashback in literally ten seconds, it never feels as if its rewriting its prequel. Its not as good, and for me it does suffer such.Read more ›
the punisher is ok with tom jane doing an admiral shot at the punisher but the film left an overall underwhelming feel to it that and his back story of being CIA left a bad taste in the mouth.
Warzone is the stand out of the twin pack fast paced and taking heavly from Garth Ennis's punisher max titles it starts straight into the action, restores his original back story as a marine and is unrelenting in its vision of a man fighting the battles that cops wont. as my mate Ste said 15 minutes into the film "well thats already better than the last Punisher film".
The 1st Punisher is far better. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is a wonderfully poignant character, and Thomas Jane is really good, although I do think Ray Stevenson looks more like the comic version of the character. The only far-fetched element of the movie is all the shots Thomas Jane takes, only to survive. However, overall, the movie works really well, so it'll give you a couple of hours of entertainment.
I'd give the 1st Punisher 7/10. War Zone: 1/10.
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