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4.0 out of 5 stars Does well, considering..., 18 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The Punisher [DVD] [2004] [2005] (DVD)
While I don't share the enthusiasm toward this film of the previous viewers, I don't think that it deserved the bad reviews in the press which In my opinion failed to take into account 2 very important factors:
1-This film was done on a relatively small budget in comparison to other action movies based on comics and the action sequences are still pretty spectacualar
2-The much maligned intro 45 mins was necassary for this film to work because the metamorphosis of a happy fbi man to the punisher had to be seen to justfiy the carnage which ensues
The reason I give this four stars is surprising really, while it is amusing to watch travolta fall so miserably in the end as the evil howard saint his empire doesn't seem grandiose enough, perhaps as much to do with the setting of TAMPA! instead of new york (which is the setting of the sequel if it ever gets made)as anything; but travolta doesnt perform well enough to even make us believe he is really tough and a match for the punisher. This means that the film deteriorates into satire at certain points which gioes against the dark theme of the film.
You musn't judge this movie on the same criteria as spiderman or batman movies for simple reasons, less money(as mentioned above) and a misleading title. This may sound strange but the title leads you to believe that from minute 1 to the nd of the film there will be punishment dished out, which is perhaps what die hard graphic novel fans would have wanted and this is exascerbated by several unecassary scenes pre transformation. Thus you don't get what you expect, a little realism. This film IS enjoyable but you musbn't compare it to other comic movies it must be viewed on its own merits and weaknesses. Perhaps it should be called Frank Castle is the PUNISHER
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Initial post: 21 Jul 2012 05:59:51 BDT
the average movie-goer doesn't know frank castle from adam. of *course* you have to set up the origin.
i suppose they could have just gone straight into the action like tim burton's batman, but... doesn't everyone like batman begins better anyway? where he becomes batman at about the two-thirds mark?

as for the setting; this was LONG before the idea of a cohesive 'marvel cinematic universe' was ever floated. this was when they were just picking comic books to make movies of. now consider you are the film-maker, you're 5th or 6th in line + now you're gonna make/release *another* movie where a superhero runs around ny.
i know ny is marvel's home state/town, but for the sake of a totally separate movie story, they moved him to floria. and i think it works fantastically; the bright, sunny environs belie the darkness of what's happening to frank and his enemies.
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