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Punisher: War Zone (2008) Movie Information

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8563

Avg. Rating:

2.35/4

# of Ratings:

65

Genres:

Action

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/05/2008

DVD Release:

03/17/2009

Director:

Lexi Alexander

Actors:

Dominic West
Ray Stevenson
Dash Mihok
Julie Benz
Colin Salmon
Dash Mihok

 

 

 

 

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Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, has waged a one-man war against organized crime. A mob boss thought dead returns at Jigsaw, and with the FBI powerless to stop him and his rapidly-growing army, they must turn to The Punisher to bring him down. -- Chris Kavan

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Ian 09/16/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Nowhere near as good as the Lundgren 1989 classic, this is still leagues above the 2004 debacle. Violent shoot-outs is basically what this movie promises and delivers. The villain seemed weak and almost sympathetic in light of the Punisher's remorseless brutality. In the 1989 film the villains inspired dread with their inhuman cruelty, not the case here, where the main bag guy is himself a victim of terrible mutilation at the hands of the Punisher.

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Matthew Brady 04/20/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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1.5/4 

A mob boss thought dead returns at Jigsaw, and with the FBI powerless to stop him and his rapidly-growing army, they must turn to The Punisher to bring him down. This movie is a mindless violent movie with noting to enjoy because the Punisher punches a man in the face and his hand went throw... WTF?.

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dukeakasmudge 10/15/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Finally somebody made a Punisher movie & got it right.Hopefully there will be a sequel

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  Yojimbo
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02/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Punisher: War Zone" by Yojimbo

Frank Castle accidentally kills an undercover FBI agent when he storms a mob stronghold, leaving him torn between protecting the man's family and hanging up his guns for good. Warzone is less a sequel than a reinvention of the previous film, and as a whole it is a big improvement. Ray Stevenson is a much more intense Punisher, and his guilt over the agent's death combined with his moral dilemma makes him a much more interesting character. The double act of Dominic West (dodgy accent notwithstanding) and Doug Hutchinson also make for much more interesting, larger than life villains and the action is far slicker and more exciting; in fact the whole film looks the part of a moody comic strip far more than the wishy washy original. The tone although still consciously aping the Batman films is...

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2.5/4 

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  filmfan09
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01/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

INSANELY violent. but awesome.

Closer to the Marvel Comics source, this film marks the third time that The Punisher comes to the big screen. With previous verisons starring Dolph Lundgren and Thomas Jane. This movie is slightly better than those were. The extreme violence and sadistic dark humor is very satisfying. Also fans of hardcore action cinema will enjoy it. I liked everything about this movie. The filmmakers were right to make the film so over-the-top. Why make a stipped down PG-13 version of a film about a semi-insane vigilante who murders criminals? Thats more upsetting than the spraying of blood on display here.

Ray Stevenson is easily great to watch in the lead role. Dominic West (best known for his work on The Wire)does a good job as the mutilated villain. Punisher: War Zone is going to appeal to a very...

Rating of
3/4 

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  Alan @ Transbuddha
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12/23/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Third Time Punishes the Audience Some More

Letís start with the good, shall we? Ray Steveson is the third, and best cast, actor to take on the role of Frank Castle. In this latest version Frank is a former military officer whose family was gunned down when they witnessed a mob hit. Only Frank survived. Now, as the Punisher, Castle hunts down all members of organized crime in his never-ending quest for vengeance.

The latest name of his hitlist (Dominic West) gets himself thrown in a big vat-like glass recycler (Joker, anyone?) and is reborn as the tattered faced Jigsaw.

When the film plays it straight it works okay, although the scenes where the Punisher takes down rooms (or buildings) full of baddies who stand around waiting for him to first kill the guy next to him before taking action gets a bid old. I also liked the ...

Rating of
1/4 

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