Based on the Marvel Comic, Dolph Lundgren is Frank Castle an ex-cop who lives in the sewers and acts as judge, jury, and executioner to the city's criminals in retaliation for the unpunished murders of his wife and kids. Frank's ex-partner Jake (Louis Gossett Jr.) finally catches up with the vigilante as he tries to stop the Japanese mob, which is trying to take over the city's mafia operation.Written by
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Like Blade and the X-Men in Blade II (2002) and X2: X-Men United (2003), Castle is forced to make a temporary alliance with his enemy Gianni Franco to rescue Tommy Franco from Franco's nemesis Lady Tanaka and the Yakuza. See more »
(at around 1h 10 mins) After the Japanese henchmen are shot at through the paper screen, the very last extra to be shot dies unconvincingly. He slowly drops to his knees, leans forward, and carefully places his weapon down. See more »
[as she and Berkowitz are combing the sewers for the Punisher's lair]
... So how come you never gave up on Frank Castle, like everybody else did?
Because I know what it's like to be given up on.
Who gave up on YOU?
Everyone and myself. You know how most cops like to go out for a drink after work? Well, I kept moving on up... to the drink BEFORE work, the drink DURING work, and finally the drink INSTEAD OF work. It got to be a real problem; nobody wanted to deal with it, least of all me. Before I...
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The DVD released in R1 America (Artisan), R0 Korea (New World International) is the "R-Rated Theatrical" cut. It misses:
Sailor hand being chopped of by blade, on yacht (1 sec).
Close-up shot of nanny's head (face) and body sliding down, after being shot (2 secs).
Gangsters bodyguard being shot sitting down at restaurant, lots of blood (4 secs).
Mr Franco shooting a guard at Tanaka's building, close-up of head shot (1 sec).
The Punisher kicking a guard in the red room, we see his body fall through spikes (1 sec).
this version of the Punisher is much different than the 2004 version.for one thing it is much darker,and probably more faithful to the comic book version.the pacing is very deliberate in this one,creating more atmosphere.there are some very good fight scenes in this movie.the biggest difference is the antagonist,which is much more deadly in this one and a worthy adversary for the Punisher.Dolph Lundgren plays the role in this incarnation and is much more imposing,with better physical presence.this is mainly due to his size.he definitely would inspire fear in the criminal element.Lundgren is not really a great actor,but he doesn't need to be for this role.overall,this a good movie,more subdued than the 2004 version.there is more physical action,but very little of things blowing up,which works in this film's favor. a strong7/10
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