Someone said that this movie was too dark for the genre...He must not have ever read any of the source material. The Punisher may be one of the darkest comic book characters ever created. This film and especially Thomas Jane, get that. This film is one of the better in the genre, because it sticks to the source better than most.Yes, I am a fanboy. But I am a fan of action movies too. This movie took from some of the classics but made it their own. Its too bad that spiderman or superman fans cant see past the all superheros must be good guys...The Punisher is a different type of hero. The kind <more>
you wish we would never need, but also one that you may want.
One of 2004's Best Movies - GREAT revenge film (by UMWolvie2442)
This wonderful revenge film was acted and directed with complete conviction but still found the time to kick ass. This is one of the best movies I have seen this year and I go to at least one movie a week. The acting was good. I would recommend this movie to everyone. I thought it was going to be some type of 80's action movie, but it turned out to be great movie aimed towards an older crowd. The beginning is a bit slow, but the action really keeps you focused. Thomas Jane did an excellent job as the Punisher and Travolta's performance was much better than I was expecting. This is a <more>
movie that thinks so deeply about its conflicts and decisions that there are times when the audience itself feels like it has a personal stake in the outcome. This is by far the best film in the reinvigorated sub-genre of comic-book-to-screen conversions.
vigilante-style justice done right (by grizzleyturn)
If you like the old Clint Eastwood & Charles Bronson revenge movies then you'll like this film. Great pace and action that's gritty but extremely enjoyable. I can't say I knew anything about this Punisher character before seeing this film but I thoroughly enjoyed it none-the-less.The Punisher is a shining example of revenge and vigilante-style justice done right. It's also yet another comic book adaptation done properly. In fact, this may be the first time I wished we could give half-vaults, because it was just that good. In the compendium of comic movies, this falls just <more>
shy of the two X-Men movies, but it is right there with Spider-Man and easily surpasses Batman, Superman and The Hulk. The fact that it is an R-rated movie killed any possible chance of decent box-office numbers, but it was a necessary step to take, and the quality of the movie just makes up for it. Hopefully this was Thomas Jane's breakout role.
Thomas Jane's A Much Better Punisher Than Dolph Lundgren. (by BigHardcoreRed)
I have never been a big fan of The Punisher comic books. In fact, I have never read even one so I can not really comment on how true to the comic this movie is. However, after seeing both this movie and it's predecessor 15 years earlier, I do believe I would have been a fan of the comic.The thing I like most about Frank Castle/The Punisher Thomas Jane is that he is not too over the top unbelievable... and he's mean! Who would not be after going through what he went through? Frank Castle is a war veteran turned FBI agent and he is on his last mission before retirement. He hopes to <more>
get through it without any casualties but, alas, somebody has always got to do something stupid or there would not be a story. Anyways, a son of Howard Saint John Travolta is inevitably killed, which makes both Howard and his wife, Livia Saint Laura Harring , thirst for revenge against those responsible. Somehow, they get the name and whereabouts of Frank Castle, who has retired and is at a family reunion in Puerto Rico. They send a group of assassins who swiftly and callously execute every member of Castle's family and believe they have killed Castle, himself, but he has somehow survived.From that point on, Frank is healing and going on a drinking binge, all the while plotting his revenge on Howard Saint. He does not refer to it as revenge, however, because that is more of an emotion. He calls it "punishment", thus his new moniker.Once The Punisher goes all out, there are all kinds of nice fights and scenes that show the nature and anger of The Punisher. I thought there would be a lot more violence as I had played the ultra-violent video game before seeing the movie but I thought what they showed was pretty good. There will be plenty more if they make a sequel. Maybe, if we are lucky, we could eventually start having the crossovers like in the comics, with Spider-Man vs Punisher, etc.This is one of Marvel's better efforts, following Hulk and Daredevil. I enjoy all of them, but this one stood out for me and is up there with Spider-Man and X-Men in my book. 8.5/10
Having never read a Punisher comic in my life, all I can say about the new 'Punisher' film is: "awesome, totally awesome". I've also seen the Dolph Lundgren version that was made in the 80s, and Frank Castle turned up the 90s Fox 'Spider-Man' cartoon to kill Spidey, of course . Given that exposure alone, and me being an action movie fan-boy and everything, I think I should start reading Punisher comics. They must be totally awesome.Frank Castle Tom Jane is the average "cop on one final special operation before retiring to a desk job but something goes <more>
wrong" kind of cop. In this case, Castle is an undercover FBI Special Agent investigating the Saint family. The operation is blown, and Castle accidentally kills Bobby Saint. In retaliation Howard Saint John Travolta tracks Frank to a family reunion, and orders his goons to kill Frank and the entire Castle family. Left for dead, Frank somehow survives, and takes it upon himself to 'punish' Howard Saint and his cronies.I mentioned before that I've never read a Punisher comic before. Without having read any Punisher stories, I can not comment on how true the latest film stays to the source material. For all I know, it could be straying very far from the comics. The movie is dark, sometimes funny, and oddly captivating. The only thing separating this from the multitude of "man's family is killed, man gets revenge" 'Death Wish' clones out there is that 'The Punisher' has strange violent opera feel to it.As an action movie, 'The Punisher' is totally awesome. It is violent and aggressive, perfect for any action movie fan, and probably perfect for the character of Frank Castle. While the movie does slow down at times, it boasts some really cool action scenes. The best is easily Castle's one on one fight against the Russian Kevin Nash . The fact that Tom Jane is nowhere as physically imposing as Nash or good ole' Dolph Lundgren makes that scene and others all the more impressive.I've seen a few Marvel movies recently, from the terrible 'Nick Fury: Agent of Shield', through the average at best 'Elektra' to the totally awesome 'The Punisher', and I haven't even reached the 'Blade' trilogy yet, but I will, oh I will. For now, 'The Punisher' is an awesome movie, and easily my favourite of the Marvel comic adaptations - 9/10
Best comic book adaptation I've seen (by Danny_G13)
The last comic book adaptation I saw was Fantastic Four. This one knocks the stuffing out of that popcorn yarn.Not quite sure why this gets an average rating here, it's a cut above its peers.Tom Jane is Frank Castle, an FBI agent who successfully pulls off his last major job and looks forward to retiring and spending time with his family. However, the last mission he carried out sees consequent revenge being metted out on his own family, and the rest of the story follows him trying to 'punish' those responsible.The Punisher is not like the other comic book adaptations like FF, X <more>
Men, Spider Man et al as this one is specifically dark and very violent and subsequently adult based. Much like Sin City, this is away from the fluffy side of Marvel comics and more towards the grimmer bowels of them.Given it is a tale of revenge there's really no need further need for synopsis, but rather focus should be on what the movie has, or has not to offer.First of all this is a Gale Anne Hurd film. A major player in Hollywood behind the entire Terminator series, Hurd's influence on this movie cannot be underestimated. The darkness and foreboding is very much from the Terminator school, and while that was James Cameron direct influence as director, Hurd wasn't sitting ildly by.The direction here comes from Jonathan Hensleigh who moves things along extremely well and one thing he has in his repertoire is things are directed clearly - there is no confusion here about what is going on, and even quicker sequences which usually baffle in such movies are pretty intuitive.As Castle, Jane has just the right lack of charisma; this isn't a character who goes around charming people, quite the opposite. Before Castle's 'death' he plays the role with enough subtlety to avoid him coming across like a robot, but after it he *is* the punisher and is good in the part.The soundtrack is suitably punchy with a nice mix of classical and modern thrown in. The crunchy metal goes well with the fight scenes, and the more gentle overtones apply elsewhere, except one fight which unquestionably has amusing overtones and an opera soundtrack accompanying it.And this is another strength of the film; there is downright superb comedy a-plenty here. It's never overplayed, and the movie *does* take itself necessarily seriously, but there are many genuinely funny moments which provide a great antidote to the darker themes.John Travolta was another master-stroke here; comes across as a really cold villain, whose wife Equally evil has him wrapped around her little finger. He is never a parody of a movie villain, and although the ultimate outcome is pretty predictable, it is still enjoyable to see his fate.Overall this is a fine film and never cheesy. It entertains, it has adult violence, it's even amusing in places. A thoroughly enjoyable romp.
I was surprised how good this movie was, not stupid as I figured. It's another one of those based-on-a-comic book hero films that seem to be popular nowadays Hellboy, Batman, Sin City, Spiderman, Superman, etc. However, this was the not the cartoon-like film I expected. It was more of a pretty brutal revenge-crime movie. It's a rough movie, pure and simple.Believable? Of course not. Some of the action is ludicrous but the most ridiculous of all - the fight against the huge Russian, is actually the most fun of the action scenes. The rest is just plain mean as the hero's entire <more>
family gets wiped out by gunman and "The Punisher" Thomas Jane goes after them after almost being killed himself.A smart aspect of this film was inserting a bit of humor in it, such as the two nerds down the hallway who befriend "The Punisher." The sometimes-juvenile but interesting action scenes, the diverse characters in here and the humor all combine to make this better than anticipated. No, it's anything but a thinking man's movie, but it IS entertaining and harmless if you look at everything tongue-in-cheek.
Well written and casted, Beautiful cinematography. (by dorlich)
Though I was unfamiliar with the comic book character, I was impressed with the all around quality of the production. It didn't hurt to have the cosmically beautiful Laura Harring mullholland drive cast as Saint's wife. Should have had more of her character. Thomas Jane turned in a very worthy performance, as I think it's difficult to play these comic book characters without causing nausea and guffaws. Interesting that there was a bit of philosophy re society and it's criminal element, kudos to the director/writer for a cogent screenplay. Did Jane remind anyone of the french <more>
actor in the original Immortal? i.e. his guttural delivery and dour countenance.
Wonderful Camera work and acting.There are no flashy CGI effects in this movie or fictional superpowers. It relies more on traditional technique's and delivers beautifully. The director has done a superb job with the severely underfunded budget taking us to a realistic location that serves two purposes cheaper production costs and somewhere original that looks and feels real. After all that is what the punisher movie is about, making a comic book character fit into the real world with realistic situations.This guy could be anyone out there with a vendetta up against believable enemies. <more>
There are no superpowers on show here just a guy with a vendetta up against a powerful man that wants him killed who can afford to hire realistic killers with personality I might add, to do the jobThis goes down as one of my favorite films of all time mainly because of the beautiful camera work and realistic gritty style action. I'll be definitely keeping an eye out for this director's work in the future.