Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren) is a Houston vice cop who's forgotten the rule book. His self-appointed mission is to stop the drugs trade and the number one supplier Victor Manning. Whilst ... See full summary »
Craig R. Baxley
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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(At around one hour and one minute) During a flashback Frank Castle (Dolph Lundgren) has about his family, his daughters are both wearing Spider-Man pajamas. Director Mark Goldblatt did this to pay homage to Spider-Man. The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129, dated February 1974. 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 »
I'll see to him.
But, I can help him.
Wait outside, Tommy.
[Tommy leaves and Gianni walks over to The Punisher whom is on the floor]
You gave me back my son. Thank you! I'm in your debt. I would gladly give you whatever you want. But, I know all you want is my life. I can't give you that, not when I have him. I'm so sorry, Castle.
[Gianni aims his gun at The Punisher]
He saved us. What are you doing?
Do as I told you. Wait outside.
No! I won't let you. I won't.
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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).
I watched this movie when I was a young kid and I remember thinking "...Eh..." However, while browsing Borders, I saw the DVD for $6.99 and decided to give it another shot. I expected a fun action flick with lots of explosions, death-defying stunts, cool death shots, and a badass lead character. I was not disappointed. After reading so many bad reviews here on imdb I decided I need to write a review defending this movie. I don't know what other people expected when they saw this movie, but I certainly didn't expect much more than a cool action flick, and that is exactly what "The Punisher" gave me plus maybe a little more.
First off, Dolph Lundgren's stiff acting and menacing demeanor make him perfect for the part of the hell-bent, socially backwards loner determined to punish the scum of the Earth (His significant acting shortcomings are his assets here). The writer and director did a good job of showing many different facets of his personality and actually created a deeper characterization of the Punisher than I would have expected. Louis Gossett Jr. plays his his part competently enough. In fact, the acting was not all that bad all around (suitable enough for an action flick).
The action here is also pretty solid. Some examples: The opening sequence where Dolph punishes the trash-talking mob boss and his henchmen with style. In one scene, Dolph is driving a bus with children in tow while a hundred Japanese are firing machine guns and crashing their cars into the side of the bus...way cool.
The plot is pretty standard revenge bit with some minor twists and turns, but the ending is pretty cool and less predictable than most action thrillers, but then again thats not saying much :-)
FINAL RATING: 6/10 I doubt it will make anyone's top ten list, but this low budget action genre flick delivers the goods with solid action and semi-interesting characters, which is more than I can say for many big budget Hollywood action flicks (e.g. Cobra, Mercury Rising, The Watcher, the Art of War). Its not a movie to be analyzed, its a movie to enjoy. Action junkies should dig it, others should probably stay away.
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