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Punisher: War Zone (2008)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  5 December 2008 (USA)
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After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw.

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Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy Russoti. He tracks Russoti down and chases him into a vat that is used for crushing bottles. Frank turns on the crusher hoping it would take care of him but it doesn't. He survives but sustains very severe injuries that even with plastic surgery his face looks like a jigsaw puzzle. So he decides to adopt the name Jigsaw. Frank who killed one of Russoti's people who unknown to him is an undercover Fed, decides to pack it in. But when he learns Russoti didn't die and is looking for the money he entrusted to the Fed and will go looking for it at his home which means his family is in danger. So Frank tries to save them. But Russoti wants revenge on Frank so he breaks out his brother who is so crazed that he is committed to an asylum, to deal with him. And also another Fed who's a friend of the man Frank ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Rated R for pervasive strong brutal violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,271,451 (USA) (5 December 2008)

Gross:

$7,948,159 (USA) (19 December 2008)
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Trivia

Originally, this film was going to be a direct sequel to The Punisher (2004), with Thomas Jane returning in the role of Frank Castle. IT was to be set five years after the 2004 film and would see Frank Castle arrive in New York and taking on Jigsaw, who is plotting to take control of the criminal underworld. However, when Jane declined, the film was rebooted and the script was rewritten and Ray Stevenson was cast as Frank Castle. However, Jane did reprise the role in the 2012 short film The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (2012). See more »

Goofs

Glock pistols are heard being cocked. Glocks do not have external hammers so they cannot be thumb-cocked. See more »

Quotes

Billy Russoti: Catch!
[throws Frank his gun]
Billy Russoti: What do you say we play a game? You got one round left in there. You shoot one of these two, and I'll let the other go free. So, who's it going to be, your fat friend over here, or the nice little piece of jailbait over there?
Frank Castle: Burn in hell.
Billy Russoti: Okay, then they both die.
Micro: Frank! She's a kid, shoot me.
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Referenced in Punisher: Outbreak (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Historia Calamitatum
Written by Joe Principe (as Joseph Principe), Tim McIlrath (as Timothy McIlrath), Brandon Barnes and Zach Blair
Performed by Rise Against
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cult Classic in the Making
5 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ray Stevenson did an amazing job portraying exactly how the Punisher should have felt. You were able to get a real glimpse into why he does the things he does. No remorse for the wicked and evil.

This film was action packed and had a different feel for the storyline. Dominic West did an outstanding job as the Jigsaw and there was always a feeling that he was going to get his. A nice surprise was Doug Hutchinson who did a good job as the physcotic brother. The film flowed very nicely and had made sense which is very important in a film that is this fast paced. There was never a moment where there was to many screen cuts or to much camera motion. It flowed very smoothly.

The Music alone is worth seeing this film.


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