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Punisher: War Zone

  • Action
  • Thriller
  • 2008
  • Lexi Alexander
  • 98 mins
  • 18

Summary

Action crime thriller starring Ray Stevenson and Dominic West. When vigilante hero Frank Castle gatecrashes a Mob party, he not only inadvertently kills an undercover FBI agent but also creates a dangerous new foe called Jigsaw.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Rome's Ray Stevenson takes over the role of ex-marine Frank Castle in the third attempt to launch the Marvel Comics vigilante hero as a viable franchise. This time the source material is the harder-edged Punisher Max series, and the tragic events that explain Castle's crime vendetta are dealt with more briefly here than in the 2004 film, which starred Thomas Jane. The plot sees Castle setting his sights on the ruthless Jigsaw (Dominic West) after the hideously disfigured Mob boss causes him to kill an undercover FBI agent. It all boils down, in simplistic fashion, to good-versus-evil pulp fiction, with the dialogue comically bad and the graphic gore vicious and unrelenting. Yet director Lexi Alexander (Green Street) brings independent movie flair to her neon-washed violent escapism, its swift-paced, brainless energy scoring high on the quality trash level. Stevenson's performance is robotically one-note (although his DIY surgery on his nose with a pencil is a hilarious highpoint); West is suitably nasty, sporting his monstrously patchworked face; and Doug Hutchison (unforgettable as Eugene Tooms in The X-Files TV series) has a ball playing Jigsaw's deranged brother.

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Credits

Cast

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Frank Castle / The PunisherRay Stevenson
Billy Russoti / JigsawDominic West
Angela DonatelliJulie Benz
Agent Paul BudianskyColin Salmon
Loony Bin JimDoug Hutchison
Martin SoapDash Mihok
Linus Lieberman / "Micro"Wayne Knight

Crew

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DirectorLexi Alexander

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2009-02-06
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, edited for some of its language.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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