Punisher

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Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) is a man who has seen too much death in his life, first as a Delta Force Op and later as an FBI special agent. He has managed to beat considerable odds, and is finally moving out of the field and into a normal life with his wife and son. On his final assignment, Castle plays his undercover role perfectly, but the operation spins out of control. This places the FBI on the wrong side of Tampa businessman Howard Saint (John Travolta) and his glamorous wife Livia (Laura Harring). Notwithstanding their glossy social profile, the Saints are no genteel Florida couple; behind their copious wealth are violent beginnings, underworld ties and a chilling capacity for brutality. Castle s worst nightmare is about to come true, as Howard Saint and his lieutenants unleash hell at the Castle family reunion. But Castle, to his everlasting torment, survives. Drawing upon all he has learned in 20 years, Castle sets in motion a brilliant plan to punish the murderers. He takes up residence among in a dilapidated tenement building on Tampa s industrial waterfront, where his fellow tenants include Joan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), a waitress at a nearby diner who is trying to put her life back on track. Castle s neighbors become his last link to the idea of human community and warmth. It is this makeshift family forgotten men and women with no one to protect them - who enable Castle to find the one thing he least expects: redemption. Format: DVD MOVIE

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 202997752
UPC 012236180524
UPC 14 00012236180524
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2008
Rating UR
Keywords
FBI Agents
Guns
Revenge
Superheroes
Theatrical Release
Vengeance
Violence
Editors Note
Note Marvel Comics presents a second big-screen version of THE PUNISHER, with this action-packed adaptation from screenwriter-turned-director Jonathan Hensleigh. Frank Castle (Tom Jane) is a retired F.B.I. agent spurred into action after the merciless slaying of his wife, father, and son. Adopting the superhero guise of The Punisher, Castle aims to wreak vengeance for his dead family by tracking down the culprits responsible for their demise. All clues point to Howard Saint (John Travolta), a ruthless businessman and nightclub owner whose son was mistakenly killed by Castle in a botched undercover operation back in his F.B.I. days. Unique amongst Marvel superheroes, The Punisher possesses no special powers, just remarkable strength parried with a blind determination to avenge his family. As he hunts down Saint, Castle surrounds himself with three fellow societal outcasts to get the job done, namely Joan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Bumpo (John Pinette), and Dave (Ben Foster). Director Hensleigh eschews flashy CGI effects for the bulk of the movie, and instead reverts to old action-movie staples such as thrilling stunt work, gunfights, and huge explosions. The old-fashioned feel suits The Punisher well, providing an apt mirror of the hero's own lack of super powers. Hensleigh winds the film through a thrilling white-knuckle ride to its spectacular conclusion, ultimately providing a highly appropriate movie for one of Marvel's lesser-known comic book heroes.
Reviews
New York Times "Jonathan Hensleigh's movie version of the Punisher's origins stays true to its hero by being similarly stripped-down, efficient and mean." 04/16/2004 p.E20
Los Angeles Times "THE PUNISHER is that rare comic book movie that actually feels like a comic book....These battles are a cost-effective throwback. They depend on the physical side of moviemaking...and top of the line stunt work..." 04/16/2004 p.C1
USA Today "[Z]ippy and amusingly cast....A film whose primary plus is a sense of humor." 04/16/2004 p.5E
Entertainment Weekly "[K]ick back, and wistfully remember a time when someone named Dolph could be a movie star." 05/01/2004 p.147
Chicago Sun-Times "[T]he film, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, is consistently well-acted, and has some scenes of real power." 04/16/2004 p.33
Uncut "[The] gloriously violent action sequences have a refreshingly downbeat '70s exploitation edge. Nasty, brain-dead fun." 10/01/2004 p.148
Sight and Sound "[The director] takes a retro-action route with tributes to pre-CGI stuntwork. Most impressive is a frantic car-chase..." 11/01/2004 p.63-4
Directors
Jonathan Hensleigh
Actors
John Travolta
Thomas Jane
Cast & Crew
Laura Elena Harring - Star
Will Patton - Star
Samantha Mathis - Star
John Travolta - Star
Rob Schneider - Star
Thomas Jane - Star
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos - Star
John Pinette - Star
Ben Foster - Star
Lisa Tomczeszyn - Costume Designer
Michael Z. Hanan - Production Designer
Conrad W. Hall - Director of Photography
Avi Arad - Producer
Jonathan Hensleigh - Screenwriter
Carlo Siliotto - Composer
Rick Heinrichs - Production Designer
Christopher Eberts - Executive Producer
Steven Kemper - Editor
Jonathan Hensleigh - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 18052
UPC 00012236180524
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 140 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Jane,Thomas
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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