Punisher: War Zone (2008)

In this film, The Punisher kills 81 people, minus the two friendly fires.  EIGHTY ONE PEOPLE.  Most of the kills involve bullets, some fire, and in one particularly memorable instance, punching a coke head’s skull so hard that it explodes.  It is often dark, disgusting, violent, ridiculous, over-the-top and pretty much true to the Marvel Comics character.  I can’t argue with anything I see onscreen in a Punisher movie, because that’s pretty much exactly what the character would do.  To my knowledge, it was always very black and white with Frank Castle, and the film holds to that.

Ray Stevenson does a solid job as Castle, and lives up to the image of The Punisher admirably.  There’s some decent scenes throughout, and while it does feel very much like a comic book movie, it also feels a helluva lot like a video game.  Particularly the end sequence, which would make for an awesome Fallout level.  It’s not a great movie, hell it’s barely a good movie.  Actually, I read that Ebert said it was one of the best bad movies he’d seen.  So there’s that.

2.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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