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Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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Frank Castle known as Punisher ruthlessly demolishes organized crime, but it starts an even bigger war.

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Lexi Alexander
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Stevenson ... Frank Castle
Dominic West ... Billy / Jigsaw
Doug Hutchison ... Loony Bin Jim
Colin Salmon ... Paul Budiansky
Wayne Knight ... Micro
Dash Mihok ... Martin Soap
Julie Benz ... Angela
Stephanie Janusauskas ... Grace
Mark Camacho ... Pittsy
Romano Orzari ... Nicky
Keram Malicki-Sánchez ... Ink
Larry Day ... Agent Miller
Ron Lea ... Captain Ross
Tony Calabretta ... Saffiotti
T.J. Storm ... Maginty
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Storyline

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.


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Rated R for pervasive strong brutal violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Punisher 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Dahl was in talks to direct but didn't like the script or the meager budget. See more »

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) When they show the moon rise, it goes up and to the left. In the Northern Hemisphere, the moon rises up and to the right. They took footage of a moon set and played it in reverse. See more »

Quotes

Loony Bin Jim: [during their fight, Jim kicks the Punisher in the groin] Won't be replacing that son of yours anytime soon.
[hits the Punisher in the kidneys]
Loony Bin Jim: Blood in the urine: an early indicator of kidney failure.
[punches the Punisher multiple times and kicks him in the face]
Loony Bin Jim: You should be seeing double right about now.
[kicks the Punisher's knee]
Loony Bin Jim: That would be a torn mensicus.
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Alternate Versions

German retail video version was cut by approx. 1 minute to secure a "Not under 18" rating. The uncut version was released with a SPIO/JK approval but can be sold only with restrictions. See more »

Connections

Version of The Punisher (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Away
Written by 7 Days Away
Performed by 7 Days Away
Courtesy of Lionsgate
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The First True Punisher Film is not for People with Weak Stomachs, but Extreme Action Lovers Will have a Hell of a Good Time!
5 December 2008 | by Cyber256702000See all my reviews

The Punisher has been portrayed twice on film so far. First in the 80's flick with Dolph Lundgren and more recently in the 2004 flick with Thomas Jane. While both were OK in parts the movies as a whole just weren't that good. Being a huge fan of the comic series I have always felt that they had never pushed the violence far enough for a Punisher film. He was always to restrained. So how did the third attempt at a Punisher film work? Lets see...

Punisher: War Zone starts a few years after the death of Frank Castle's family. Since than he has been killing mobsters at a steady rate and the police see him more as a help than a hindrance..although they won't admit it. When the Punisher fails to kill an up and coming mobster named Billy Russoti, Billy decides to start a war against the Punisher and he won't quit until the Punisher is dead.

While the story may seem fairly basic it serves its purpose perfectly. This is the ultimate Punisher movie. There are more bullets and blood in this movie the most action movies and the action never lets up.

Acting is well done by everyone. While I like Thomas Jane as an actor I think Ray Stevenson is a better Punisher. Dominic West is good as Jigsaw, but I felt he might have hammed it up a bit in a few scenes.

Lexi Alexander has made the quintessential Punisher film that dares to show you the gritty world of the Punisher without shying away from all the gore. I can only hope that a sequel will be on the way soon.

Fans of the Punisher comics and extreme action lovers will eat this up, but know that this is not a movie for kids or people who can't take a ton of gore.

*** out of ****


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