Special agent Frank Castle had it all: A loving family, a great life, and an adventurous job. But when his life is taken away from him by a ruthless criminal and his associates, Frank has become reborn. Now serving as judge, jury, and executioner, he's a new kind of vigilante out to wage a one man war against those who have done him wrong.Written by
Jonathan Hensleigh wanted the music to be very emotional. When scoring the film, composer Carlo Siliotto saw Frank Castle as a tragic figure stating, "This man, Frank Castle, is somebody who has a slaughtered family. He comes through that slaughter, and becomes a punisher. But he's a sad man - he drinks, and he has bad memories always coming to him. There's a lot in the film, and at times it is like a modern version of classic tragedy like "Othello." See more »
(at around 15 mins) Frank's shirt is dry immediately after his father spills drink on it. See more »
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Otto is the real deal. I met him at a hash bar in Amsterdam. He speaks Russian, German, Arabic...
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The Marvel Comics logo features comic-book images of the Punisher in its pages; after it fully forms, it is shot three times and "bleeds" white paint which forms the Punisher's skull, and the film's title. See more »
The theatrical release contained a shot at the family reunion in which Roy Scheider accidentally knocks a glass of water into Thomas Jane's lap. This appears to have been removed from the US DVD. See more »
I went to see this movie solely because Thomas Jane is in it, who is my latest celeb crush after seeing Stander. I don't read comics, and therefore knows nothing of the comicbook hero, The Punisher/Frank Castle. I didn't expect much, same as I wouldn't (and didn't) of movies like Batman, Catwoman, or The Hulk.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I was actually impressed! (Not easy to do) The dramatic and violent story was amazingly well balanced with the comedy and one-liners. The violence was not half as bad as I expected (although the one with the guillotine and the one with the knife through the chin at the end a bit unsettling...) And I appreciated being spared explicit lovescenes or a corny romance between Frank and Joan. Even the swearing was piped down considerably.
Of course, this is not Oscar material, but the acting was satisfying, and the story not bad at all. One to enjoy...
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