An exciting action-packed thriller (by stargirlrk)
This film was pretty good. Frank Castle is The Punisher, a former police officer whose family was murdered by mobsters and years later, he comes back and wages a one-man war against crime. Although thought dead, he slowly kills off leading mobsters and criminals, one by one, in the name of "street justice". This movie had good music, and Louis Gosset Jr. played his role well as a police chief who was a friend of Castle. This movie had a decent story and exciting well-filmed gunbattles, but there were some bad things too. It relied more on pure action than on acting, for there was <more>
little talking in the whole film, just gunfire. It was somewhat fake to the point where it no longer seemed like a film more like a video game where a single man kills dozens of mobsters and is only hit by a single bullet in the whole film in the shoulder!!! . But besides the bad things, this was pretty exciting and I would recommend it to all who enjoy action films. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments.
Dolph Lundgren is the Punisher in my mind after seeing this movie. Yeah the filming was a little cheap and they eliminated the skull on his shirt but Lundgren captured Frank Castle's descent into madness perfectly. The film opens up five years after the death of Frank Castle and his family as we see in flashbacks this pushed Castle over the edge and into a Vendetta for revenge. Top marks go to Lou Gosset Jr as he Carries his end f the movie beautifully Gossett And Lundgren are the movie. Some of the other actors fall Flat and are not really convincing Only Jerome Krabbe Carries his role <more>
off with any hint of class or style. Some of the bad acting in this movie is it's downfall but it captures the style and spirit of the comic Something the remake strives to do but not quite. This movie is a Fun shut your brain off for 92 minutes and sit back and enjoy action classic
Today, we are inundated with comic-book inspired films, but in 1989 Punisher was one of the better adaptations, right up there with the Superman series minus the forth film .Like the lackluster, Punisher, starring Thomas Jane, this film has a dark yet balanced view of villainy and plays up the innocence of children that can so easily become corrupted. The viciousness of the two mafia leaders at each other's throat with the vigilante, Punisher wanting both to suffer for their evil deeds, that so often go unpunished for the lack of a better word.As odd as it might sound, this is Dolph <more>
Lundgren's best performance despite his appearance as Ivan Drago. In the Punisher he actually speaks and shows some expression. As the PUNISHER--Castle, he is a wounded hero that does horrific things to avenge the death of his family, but he puts the care of innocents above himself that will save him in the end. Lou Gossett, Jr plays a Police detective that suspects that he knows who the mysterious Punisher is. He hunts him down as to find his old friend and end the bloodshed. This is to no avail as the Yakuza resorts to kidnapping their rival mob's children as to claim the city as their undisputed territory. Gossett and Lundgren are complimented by the presence of Dutch actor, Joeurn Krabbe, if you can remember the Living Daylights and yes, Deuce Bigelow: European Gigilo. He needed the money, I guess? I hope.The Punisher is a violent monster of a movie that was a lot better than I expected and I was glad to have seen it before the coming remake wipes away the memory of this effort that deserves its due attention. It is well shot, the editing is spotty in places, but it is consistent enough to survive the rigors of this review. NOT AN ESPECIALLY TOP NOTCH DRAMA WITH INFLEXION AND CHARACTER CONFLICTS, BUT ENJOYABLE IF ONE FORGETS ALL THAT HOT AIR BULLSH'T.
A much better movie then the big budget remake (by black_wolf_1970)
Lungren as The Punisher play the part very well, a man who lost every thing except he need for revenge but in the process of getting his revenge he losses what made him Frank. When the Japnesse mafia move in and kidnap the children of the local crime family he is forced to face the fact that in his pursuit of revenge he has placed the lives of the ones he swore to protect in danger. The action was well done the fight scenes are well done, he is not invincible and receives several wounds for a super hero that is refreshing, granted I think Kill Bill took a bit from this in the fact the body <more>
guard of the crime queen is a teenage female a bit on the crazy side. Over all I think this is a much better film then the remake at least the actors act, and not just say lines, the drunk is great.
Frank Castle is the Punisher, a former cop whose family was killed by mobsters. He was presumed dead but has in fact been alive, although not entirely well, for the last five years. Castle is a vigilante on a long lasting mission for revenge, as yet he hasn't reached his limit. Castle lives underground with barely any contact with human life, he is emotionally retarded, a tortured soul, who looks to god for help but as yet receives no answer.This is a B-movie, so high production values and top script is not exactly expected. This is however an enjoyable comic book action film. Its dark <more>
and moody and is perfect for the lead character. Dolph Lundgren is good as the Punisher, he has the right look and his voice is excellent in the role. This is a character who holds in his emotions and you would perhaps say it is an ideal character for an action star to play. But Dolph adds something extra, he really comes across as if he is a man suffering, you can see it in his eyes, he is really into his role but being a character with few emotions Dolph gets little credit, the same could be said for Arnold in the Terminator. They both get more credit for the look and actions of their characters instead of nicely played performances, in roles that need to be underplayed, you could almost call it being wooden because of a need to be wooden. The script gives Castle some depth but we never really get to delve to deep into his life before he became the Punisher, and there could have been some more scenes to show Castle on his own, to see more of his actions away from other people. Around others he is unable to act like a normal human being because of his solitude and emotional anguish.The script may have flaws and the film seems fairly cheap, but it has class in other areas. The film is very dark, and it has an almost eerie atmosphere that is key for a comic book film like this. It is nicely shot in that respect, they steer clear of to much colour, they take you into Castles dark, dank world. The action is also good, fast paced with some imaginative moments, nothing amazing because the likes of Woo and the Wachowskis have helped the Hollywood action scene evolve in style since the year this was made, but as far as 80's action goes this is quite stylish.The support cast range from average to just plain awful. The exceptions here are Oscar winner Louis Gossett Junior and Oscar nominee Jeroen Krabbe. They are both in scene stealing form. They have a great scene together at the beginning and also Gossett has a standout scene when he is with the Punisher in a police cell, that was an excellent scene. Krabbe is the show stealer by a whisker though, he is good and his character as a mob boss is more well written than your stereotypical mob boss in most action flicks. Also excellent is Kim Myori, she is delightfully nasty as the head of a Yakuza family looking to take over the business operations of the main mob families. Other than her the rest are not great and some of the henchman are just plain bad. The kid who plays Tommy is good though, he has a good scene with the Punisher right at the end. The rest of the kids in the movie are bad and some are obviously dubbed over by adults putting on child like voices.Anyway this is by no means a classic, it needed adding to some aspects of the story and character, but it had some surprisingly good scenes in which the Oscar Winner and Nominee both excelled, although they had roles they could do in their sleep. This was Dolphs first real step forward as an actor, he is good here, at times doing very well. He has improved immensely since. The film is enjoyable, its a solid comic book movie and while it can't considered a fun and joyous comic book film like Batman or Spiderman, because of its dark characters, it is still worth a watch and is one of Dolphs best. 7/10
May contain spoilersOne of the better comic book turned movie adaptions I've seen. Policeman Frank Castle loses his family in a car bombing, so he quits the force, and becomes a one man vigilante. So since the mob killed his family, Castle retaliates and wipes out 125 and counting mobsters in 5 years. The media receives word of the fallen mobsters and blame it on a mysterious figure deemed "The Punisher".All the big shots in town believe that Castle is dead, but his ex partner Jake Lou Gossett. Jr believes that it is indeed Castle who is the Punisher. ***/****
Not Bad, I wished for better reviews (by GOWBTW)
The cast for "The Punisher" was not bad, the plot was great, the action was a little weak, the only thing that was missing was the white skull on the shirt. That would have given the movie more credibility. Dolph Lundgren is a big time martial artist, and he had fit the role fine. Despite being the tallest punisher, any laugh at him will be "punished". Battling the Yakuza Japanese mob would be a plus for Castle. It slightly stunk when he got caught. Luckily for Castle, he was able to unscrew that wing nut, enabling him to give out a sneak attack on the enemy. The only <more>
part is when the kid's father got involved with crime, if he had killed the Punisher, he would indeed end up like his father. So Castle told him don't follow that path, or he'll end up like his dad. So he listens, and the kid gets so reprieve. To me this movie is just a starter, a good cast, mediocre results, and a great idea for a remake years later. That one was way closer to the comics. This one was like comparing to the T.V. version of The Incredible Hulk, only better. If you like Marvel Comics, get this one and the remake, and be the judge on which is better. Rating 2.5 out of 5 stars.
"The Punisher" is in a word one of the best comic book adaptations in the last decade. Jokes like "Barb Wire" and "Judge Dredd" which try to pass themselves off as movies just can't compare with this awesome tale.The story is about a former New York cop named Frank Castle who becomes the world's most notorious vigilante, with 125 confirmed kills and still counting. He normally sticks to the Big Apple's indigenous crime families like the Mafia, but when a Japanese crime family called the Yakuza move into the territory and start trouble, the Punisher <more>
turns all attention towards them.Extremely low budget, but that's not a problem since unlike films that throw money into empty and poor choreographed stunts, this film delivers some excellent battle sequences, like on the Manhattan docks and the Coney Island funhouse.Some people say that Dolph Lundgren's portrayal of the titular anti-hero was stale and stone-like. But most people don't realize that true to the original comic book, this is the way someone would behave if they made their whole life into revenge and staying reclusive.If you haven't seen this film, you are missing out on an excellent example of how low-budget films can be just as entertaining as their bigger budgeted brothers. I would rank this one up there with "Die Hard" and "Escape from New York" any day.
I don't want to stretch this out.... (by FlashCallahan)
Frank Castle, an ex-cop who's family was murdered by mobsters. Now legally declared dead, he strikes back from beyond the grave, killing mobsters wherever he can find them.As a result of this, the mobsters families have weakened, forcing Gianni Franco, one of the leaders of one of the families, to come in and take control of the families.Franco has a plan to bring the families together as one unit. However, this has attracted the attention of the Yakuza, Asia's most powerful crime syndicate, who decide to take over the families and all their interests.In order to sway the mobsters to <more>
their cause, they kidnap their children.Now the Punisher must fight to save the lives of the children of the people he has fought against for five years...Much better than the Jane movie although that is till good , Lundgrens Punisher made comic book movies cool before the likes of Spiderman et al.But it's a totally different kind of movie to the comic book ones we see now. It's atypical eighties action movie, which is no bad thing.The type of movie where a shotgun can hold 50 cartridges.The type of movie where a cop who is being held hostage beats two men up and casually walk away eating pizza The type of movie where the hero has a camp thespian as a sidekick.It's the type of movie that makes no sense whatsoever, but tries to cover it up by killing as many people as possible and by firing as many bullets as possible in on scene.Lundgren is good but fair enough, he doesn't have to do much apart from grunt and look tired. In fact the bags under his eyes are the main stars here And Gossett.Jr adds that star power, with a little bit of humour.So it's just a fun film that doesn't take itself seriously and provides a lot of action for such a small budget.Plus its the best film ever to feature a scientist on a back rack wearing high heels.Recommended for eighties action fans.