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Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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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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Vengeance has a name.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Punisher 2  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The body count racked up by Ray Stevenson (The Punisher) is 81 confirmed kills, excluding the two cases where he shoots someone "on the same side." 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 »


Loony Bin Jim: Billy?
Jigsaw: [choking up] Just when I think I'm okay... I catch my reflection in the mirror. Look what he's done to me! I'm horrible, horrible...
Loony Bin Jim: No, no, no, no...
[hugs him]
Loony Bin Jim: Don't cry, brother. I promise you two things: one, I will kill Castle, slowly, and painfully. And two, you will never have to look at your reflection as long as you're with me.
[Jim runs wildly around the hallway, smashing all the mirrors. Jigsaw starts laughing]
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References The Punisher (2004) See more »


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User Reviews

The First True Punisher Film is not for People with Weak Stomachs, but Extreme Action Lovers Will have a Hell of a Good Time!
5 December 2008 | by (Royal Oak, MI) – See all my reviews

The Punisher has been portrayed twice on film so far. First in the 80's flick with Dolph Lundgren and more recently in the 2004 flick with Thomas Jane. While both were OK in parts the movies as a whole just weren't that good. Being a huge fan of the comic series I have always felt that they had never pushed the violence far enough for a Punisher film. He was always to restrained. So how did the third attempt at a Punisher film work? Lets see...

Punisher: War Zone starts a few years after the death of Frank Castle's family. Since than he has been killing mobsters at a steady rate and the police see him more as a help than a hindrance..although they won't admit it. When the Punisher fails to kill an up and coming mobster named Billy Russoti, Billy decides to start a war against the Punisher and he won't quit until the Punisher is dead.

While the story may seem fairly basic it serves its purpose perfectly. This is the ultimate Punisher movie. There are more bullets and blood in this movie the most action movies and the action never lets up.

Acting is well done by everyone. While I like Thomas Jane as an actor I think Ray Stevenson is a better Punisher. Dominic West is good as Jigsaw, but I felt he might have hammed it up a bit in a few scenes.

Lexi Alexander has made the quintessential Punisher film that dares to show you the gritty world of the Punisher without shying away from all the gore. I can only hope that a sequel will be on the way soon.

Fans of the Punisher comics and extreme action lovers will eat this up, but know that this is not a movie for kids or people who can't take a ton of gore.

*** out of ****

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