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Punisher: War Zone (2008)

R  |   |  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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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

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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  »

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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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Did You Know?


The character of NYPD Detective Marty Soap comes from the series "Welcome Back, Frank", the series that brought The Punisher back (after a long hiatus) by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon and Jimmy Palmotti. "Welcome Back" also featured the characters of The Punisher's apartment neighbors Joan, Spacker Dave, and Mister Bumpo, as well as the over-sized villain, The Russian. All of those characters appeared in the 2004 film. See more »


The patches worn by the New York City police officers that go to the Donatelli home are not actual New York City police patches. See more »


Angela Donatelli: [aiming a pistol] Step the fuck away from my little girl!
Grace: Mom, that's a Dad word.
Angela Donatelli: Go inside, Grace!
[Grace goes inside]
Angela Donatelli: You're messing with the wrong family on the wrong day, asshole.
[Frank turns to face her]
Angela Donatelli: You! You look... what are you doing here? What makes you think you can come here?
Frank Castle: You have a scared little girl.
Angela Donatelli: Shut up, just shut your mouth.
Frank Castle: I'm sorry.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »


The Past Is Proof
Written by Senses Fail, Lyrics by Buddy Nielsen
Performed by Senses Fail
Courtesy of Vagrant Records
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User Reviews

Exactly what you'd want in a Punisher movie
6 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this a couple hours ago in Fullerton, CA. I was a reader of the comic, and am a fan of what we've seen from Marvel lately. This movie is just what I wanted, and what I expected.

Ray Stevenson is perfect as Frank Castle, and everyone else is at least good enough for an action movie. Dominic West is over the top as Jigsaw

  • which is what Jigsaw should be! A horribly disfigured mob boss with a

vendetta is not a subtle thing to begin with.

As for the "respectable" critics' complaints: 1. Violence: Of course it's violent! What part of the title "Punisher: War Zone" implies peaceful conflict resolution? He's not the "Admonisher". The gore and violence is not at the level of a "Saw" film, but it is high. It is rated "R" for a reason.

2. Dialogue: I think the critics have been spoiled by "Dark Knight" and "Iron Man". Those were comic-book movies with extraordinarily good dialogue. "Punisher: War Zone" is no worse than a "Predator" or "Rambo: First Blood". Not great, but not awful. This is not supposed to be "Hamlet".

3. Script: The story moves along well, and when there's a break in the action (which isn't very often), the film doesn't drag- it's always going somewhere. Not perfect, but good. Much better than the critics have made it out to be.

All in all, a good time, and one that I'll buy and re-watch as soon as it comes out on DVD.

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