The Punisher: War Zone Review

Punisher: War Zone, The
After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, must face his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw.

by Tom Ambrose |
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Release Date:

06 Feb 2009

Running Time:

99 minutes



Original Title:

Punisher: War Zone, The

After audiences thumbed their noses at the two previous attempts to bring Marvel’s trigger-happy vigilante to the big screen, you’d think that someone would have got the message. Yet here we are again, with Ray Stevenson replacing Thomas Jane (who replaced Dolph Lundgren) as Frank Castle for this stupendously violent ’80s throwback.

German director and former stuntwoman Lexi Alexander knows her way around a set-piece, but the performances are largely awful, the tone is inconsistent and the orgy of above-the-law, right-wing violence is celebrated rather than damned. Three strikes and out for Mr. Castle.

Another violently unsuccessful attempt to bring this comic book character to screen.
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