Rising star Tom Jane and superstar John Travolta go head-to-head in the all-action blockbuster The Punisher.
Jane plays Frank Castle, an FBI agent whose family is brutally murdered in retaliation when an undercover operation goes wrong. Surviving the attack, Castle remakes himself as The Punisher - a heavily armed, one-man killing machine who will not stop unitl sadistic crime boss Howard Saint (Travolta) has been brought down...and his family avenged.
As one man becomes judge, jury and executioner in this hard-hitting adaptation of the legendary Marvel Comic, The Punisher delivers blistering action and all the big-screen excitement you're looking for.
English Dolby Digital EX 5.1, Czech Dolby Digital EX 5.1, Hungarian Dolby Digital EX 5.1
Audio Commentary by director Jonathan Hensleigh, 'War Journal' behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the movie with cast and crew, 2 additional behind-the-scenes features look at the films stunts and designing the movie posters.
Though I was unfamiliar with the comic book character, I was impressed with the all around quality of the production. It didn't hurt to have the cosmically beautiful Laura Harring (mullholland drive)cast as Saint's wife. Should have had more of her character. Thomas Jane turned in a very worthy performance, as I think it's difficult to play these comic book characters without causing nausea and guffaws. Interesting that there was a bit of philosophy re society and it's criminal element, kudos to the director/writer for a cogent screenplay. Did Jane remind anyone of the french actor in the original Immortal? i.e. his guttural delivery and dour countenance.
If you love the Punnisher and the whole marvel comic scene, then what ever you do DON'T watch this film. It is such a bad flim which destroys the whole character of the Punnisher. there is nothing in this film that is good, the acting is poor, the adaptation stinks and you will hate this film. Shame because I love Dolf Lungreh.
Take everything you know and love about The Punisher, crap on it and then flush it down the toilet what comes out the other end is this movie. If you are a Punisher fan there is nothing here for you, if you are an action movie fan there is nothing here for you. If you want bad acting, unnecessary violence and torture scenes well then you need to seek help
Will we ever see an end to the comic book to movie adaptation invasion? Probably not as Hollywood has a lack of coming up with anything worthwhile and entertaining so they just re-hash the past and hope for the best.
I hate all these comic book/ graphic novel movies. Nothing of any great interest has yet to hit me in a pleasing manner. The Punisher was no different.
Boring from beginning to end, miss it and save yourself the pain.
After a undercover operation where Bobby Saint, son of corrupt businessman Howard Saint, is killed. FBI agent Frank Castle retires. Howard Saint holding Castle responsible for the death of his son butchers Franks family during a family reunion and leaves Frank for dead. Burnt out and taunted by memories of his murdered family, Frank sets out to avenge his family, and he becomes a judge, jury and executioner known as "The Punisher", as Castle sets out to punish Howard Saint and his associates in a one man war, as Castle is not willing to give up until those responsible are dead and until he has his revenge.
The Punisher is filled to the brim with gruesome violence and gritty action. But at the same time (and this is what surprised me about the movie the most) it is a very moving and tragic piece of film. You can't help but sympathize with Castle, the most compelling anti-hero to light up the silver screen in a very long time. Tom Jane plays The Punisher with conviction and grace. We as an audience know that his actions are extreme, yet we can't help but root for him. Jane also has a rugged look to him reminiscent of older action heroes. It benefits the movie's tone, because this is essentially a throw back to old school action movie, specifically westerns, revenge films and vigilante picks like the. The film was bashed quite badly for it's sadistic violence. I for one find nothing off putting about any of it. The violence is used to further the story, specifically the Castle family massacre and the sub-plot involving the villain (John Travolta with his stern face and menacing glares) and his wife and concillierie. Yes the violence is all very hard hitting,shocking and gory but the movie calls for it. I for one welcome it. They don't call him The Punisher for nothing. Give this movie a chance. It's old school action thru and thru and one of the better comic book movies ever.
I come to appreciate director cuts. This one, the first out of two (the second would be Daredevil), is just plain intense! And I mean it as a compliment. Let's just say the Punisher, Frank Castle, didn't live to the expectations in the theatrical release. But hell, this extended cut, as Daredevil, do him justice. Everything here's more gruesome, more personal (The Jimmy Wicks scenes, and of course, the opening sequence). And when I say gruesome, you have to see some fight scenes again to notice the minor differences. All that bits and pieces put together make this movie much more viewable and probably memorable, cause this is the Punisher movie we would come to appreciate. Not just mere action scenes a-la Lundgren style, but deeply touching and personal attachments that make him even more merciless, even more efficient.
Adding 18 minutes, the final result is really intense. By the end of the movie I could feel for characters like Castle, Saint, Wicks, Joan, heck, even Gless.This piece as a whole is much better, more coherent, and much more personal, the only true thing that drives Frank Castle to do what he does.
This movie is one of those movies that make you wonder why every movie isn't as good. However, if you are aren't the type that likes intense violence and content a bit more mature than PG, then I don't recommend this at all to you.
Tom Jane plays Frank Castle, a broken and confused F.B.I. agent who loses his family to a band of mobsters, who horrifically slaughter every last one of the members of his family, including his extended family. The pain and anger that he deals with causes him to become what he used to hunt down, a murderer who slaughters criminals day and night. His first target is the man responsible for his family's murder, a man named Howard Saint (terrifically played by John Travolta). The suspense and excitement experienced throughout the film eventually unfurls into a dramatic and astonishing conclusion that movie-goers will never forget.
I can't think of anything more to say about this movie, so I will say this: The value of this movie is beyond words. At least 10x better than the original 1989 film starring Dolph Lundgren as the executioner, this is a memorable and unforgettable film that is guaranteed to leave you in awe.
The guy 2 reviews below is just plain stupid, if your goping to say a movie is bad then give a better reasosns than the hair colour of a charcter unless your a super nerd, also its a great movie, i dont read comics but this is a great movie, though the plot doesnt develpp all that much itst a really good revenge film
This movie is COOL. Theres no other way to describe it really. I maanged to get really into the storyline I found it really exciting. I hadn't heard of any of the actors before, except John Travolta obviously, but they all did really good jobs. This movie is good fun, and definately one I would recomend