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Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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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 ... See full summary »


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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 USA:

$4,271,451, 7 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,948,159, 21 December 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,100,036, 15 March 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Loony Bin Jim: [to Agent Miller] Meow.
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Let's Get Away
Written by Rick Riso and Mark Gasbarro
Performed by Rick Riso
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Not much of a plot at all...nothing but mindless violence, blood, guts, and splattered heads!
27 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

OK, folks...here's the deal with this movie...if you go to the video store and you're looking for something deep and meaningful, Punisher: War Zone is going to seriously disappoint you. If, however, you are in the mood for just senseless violence, blood, guts, exploding heads, and a lot of cool ways to watch people die, like in Friday the 13th, then I can PROMISE you Punisher: War Zone will NOT disappoint! Go into it and take it for what it is and what I've told you it is. You're not going to come out of this movie with some new profound sense of the universe or some profound understanding--again, if that's what you want, stay far, far away from this movie. But if you wanna see a lot of people get killed and dismembered in a lot of different, gruesome bloody fashions, then this movie is right up your alley! A dude I know told me this, I went into this movie knowing this, and was NOT disappointed in any way, shape or form--it's what I wanted and it's what this movie delivered, and that's why I'm giving this movie a perfect 10 stars!

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