Punisher War Zone – Movie Review


Did I blink and wake up in the eighties?

About half way through the Punisher WarZone this was what I leant across and asked Dave. I think that one sentence summed up the entire movie for me.

Now I can ‘t tell you if it was an accurate portrayal of the Punisher comics as I’ve never read a single one. I have been told by a reliable source that Garth Ennis’ take on the Punisher is well worth checking out so I may have to do so just for comparison sake.

This  movie is about as two dimensional as they come despite having some pretty decent actors in there. There was however a lot of unintentional laughs to be had at some of the attempts at serious drama. The plot is pretty thin even for  this type of action movie and also I found those moments where someone wasn’t having their face caved in(trust me you do not want to get punched by the Punisher…ever!) or some other suitably unpleasant death was on screen that I was gettting bored.

The villains in this film have got to be some of the most cardboard cut out stereotypes I’ve seen in many a while (especially in one scene near the end of the movie where they literately have a roll call of sterotypes).  If you’ve got a weak stomach you may want to steer clear of this movie  as the violence is dished out with a capital V (it’s worth a rental to watch one of the funniest deaths I’ve seen in years.).

After saying how bad this movie is, if I had rented it back in the 80’s with a bargain bucket of KFC and watched this with some buddies and  A LOT of beer then I think it would have become a guilty pleasure.

They could have easy slipped Steven Segal into this movie as the punisher’s dad and it wouldn’t have seemed out of place.

hmm I think I’ve just come up with the plot for Punisher 4.

Rating: 2 out of 5  stars (and one of those is for the one awesome death scene)

Dry Slaps: 4 out of 5 (as bad as it was I did laugh and left the screening in a good mood so that’s got to be worth something right?)

GS Reviewer: Nuge

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  1. Dave Williams /

    I thought it was a bad sign when the local multiplex cinema wouldn’t even bother to show it on release weekend.

  2. Soulfinger /

    If this film is only half as bad as the Punisher film from a few years back (not the 80’s Dolph version) then is probably aweful!!! That was just about the worst comic book fioms of the past 15 years and it seems they managed to make another crap film.

    The Punisher franchise must be cursed when it comes to live action films.

  3. I’ve only read a couple of issues of Ennis’s Punisher, so can’t really comment on it’s quality- but Steven Grant and Mike Zeck’s Punisher mini-series back in the eighties (Circle Of Blood) was phenomenal, as was their graphic novel Return To Big Nothing. About the first twenty issues of Mike Baron’s ongoing series that followed were pretty good too- but the series lost steam after that, as it became apparent that there wasn’t much left you could do with the character in a serious-toned, code-approved book set within the Marvel universe. Unfortunately, that’s just about when the character became REALLY popular, and started turning up absolutely everywhere.

    Yes, I used to be a hardcore Punisher fan. I’m not ashamed to admit it! The films have been shit so far, though, and this one appears to be no exception.

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