Up 623 this week

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  5 December 2008 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 45,461 users   Metascore: 30/100
Reviews: 277 user | 147 critic | 24 from Metacritic.com

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


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 01 Feb 2012
a list of 39 titles
created 18 Feb 2012
a list of 28 titles
created 08 Jul 2012
a list of 41 titles
created 25 Apr 2013
a list of 34 titles
created 10 May 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Punisher: War Zone (2008) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Punisher: War Zone.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Punisher (2004)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash vengeance upon the corrupt businessman who slew his family.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Stars: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis
The Punisher (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as the Punisher.

Director: Mark Goldblatt
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé
Short | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Frank Castle is staying in a bad neighborhood, where he encounters a gang that terrorizes its residents.

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Sammi Rotibi
Elektra (2005)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.

Director: Rob Bowman
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula.

Director: David S. Goyer
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Parker Posey
Blade (1998)
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson
Daredevil (2003)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell
Ghost Rider (2007)
Action | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze gives up his soul to become a hellblazing vigilante, to fight against power hungry Blackheart, the son of the devil himself.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott
Blade II (2002)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman
Short | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Chronicles the Punisher's actions from 1979-1982. In those four years, Frank Castle runs a foul, Jigsaw, Daredevil, a serial killer, a Junkie dressed up like Santa and a mess of thugs all "asking for it."

Director: Chris R. Notarile
Stars: Shawn Parr, Thomas Daniel, Kim Santiago
Action | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Director: Tim Story
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans


Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie Janusauskas ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Vengeance has a name.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:




| |


Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Punisher 2  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Sons of Anarchy (2008) creator Kurt Sutter wrote an R-rated draft that, according to him, took "the Punisher character out of the comic books" and put him into a real-world drama set in the streets of New York. At the very last minute, however, the studio decided to revert to Nick Santora's comic-book-style script with the intention of creating a sequel from that. Disgusted with the actions by the studio, Sutter refused a story credit and demanded that his name be omitted from the final credits. See more »


This movie is a reboot and not a sequel to The Punisher, so any differences between the two movies are not necessarily continuity errors. See more »


Special Agent Paul Budiansky: So, what's the plan?
Frank Castle: I'm going in to get them.
Special Agent Paul Budiansky: ...You call that a plan?
Frank Castle: That's all I need.
See more »


Version of The Punisher (2004) See more »


The Past Is Proof
Written by Senses Fail, Lyrics by Buddy Nielsen
Performed by Senses Fail
Courtesy of Vagrant Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A Perfect Punisher Movie
5 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a Huge Punisher fan. This movie destroys the other two in my opinion. I was expecting a piece of crap from the reviews I read and boy were they wrong. This movie is a non stop kill fest. It shows everything from heads exploding to decapitations. As a horror fan I love that. As a Punisher fan that's the way it should be. I wanna see the scum of the world get their heads blown off, not cut off at the last second like most movies do. Ray's portrayal of the punisher is perfect. In the first scene of the movie when he's wiping out the dinner guests and he breaks the neck of the mobsters wife I knew I was in for a treat. Loooooooooooved IT.

124 of 210 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Has Garth Ennis commented on this movie? Bunuel_Fassbinder_Pasolini
This movie sucks so bad Thamauturge
This movie is the real Punisher, Jane and previous weren't Punisher . sirrom5
Would Freddie Prinze Jr. have done a better Jigsaw than Dominic West? GabeShadow
Wow, the critics did some great unjustice magnuskallas
Is this movie and The Punisher (2004) faithful to the comic books? MarvelFan123
Discuss Punisher: War Zone (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page