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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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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank 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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Jane was originally attached for the lead role, but he turned it down, stating that he thought the script was going in the wrong direction. He felt it was too "comic book," whereas he wanted a more gritty, realistic approach. See more »

Goofs

The patches worn by the New York City police officers that go to the Donatelli home are not actual New York City police patches. See more »

Quotes

[Budiansky reveals he knows Soap and Castle have been working together]
Martin Soap: How'd you figure it out?
Special Agent Paul Budiansky: Unless you've arrested Houdini, a handcuffed suspect doesn't usually escape from custody that easily.
Martin Soap: Wow. You know, you're not as stupid as you...
[off Budiansky's glare]
Martin Soap: I didn't say that.
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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 »

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Referenced in Movie Friends: Prashant Prabhakar (2013) See more »

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The Past Is Proof
Written by Senses Fail, Lyrics by Buddy Nielsen
Performed by Senses Fail
Courtesy of Vagrant Records
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A movie for the fans, not the critics
5 December 2008 | by kisskideSee all my reviews

Just came back from watching the movie and I was definitely pleased. I was a bit worried that I would be let down after reading some of the early reviews, my suspicious about the reviewers not understanding the character were confirmed though.

Stevenson is a brilliant Frank Castle, the guy is a tank in this movie, shredding through his opposition just like a on screen manifestation of the character should. The critics complaining about the gore prove them unfit in being tasked with stepping anywhere near the film with a pencil and paper, doling out stars or thumbs.

While Im afraid the film will not get the critical recognition it deserves, with the majority of critics not understanding the character, I as a fan of Castle say I'm thoroughly pleased by the work the entire cast and crew have put forth.

While I agree that the movie was loyal to the source material and worth my dollars, there was one main area I think should have been retooled.

Jigsaw and Jim's accent is over the top, and in the end took away from the character, especially in the case of Jim.

At a glance

Pros: Unapologetically Punisher Level Brutality Stevenson is a compelling Frank Castle Movie pacing is great

Cons: Cliché accents Could have used some more dialogue from Frank

Overall: 8/10

Bottom Line: If you are a punisher fan, you're in for a blast


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