Punisher

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The punisher walks through the world we all know, a world darkened by war, crime, cruelty and injustice. He has no super powers to battle the evil he sees -only his fierce intelligence, his years of combat experience and, above all, his iron determination to avenge those wronged by society's villans.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40247720
UPC 012236162438
UPC 14 00012236162438
Format DVD
Release Date 4/5/2011
Rating Rating
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
Avi Arad - Producer
Carlo Siliotto - Musical Score
Christopher Eberts - Executive Producer
Conrad Hall - Cinematographer
Jeff Gullo - Editor
John Travolta - Actor
Jonathan Hensleigh - Director
Jonathan Hensleigh - Writer
Michael Hanan - Production Designer
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos - Actor
Roy Scheider - Actor
Stan Lee - Executive Producer
Tom Jane - Actor
Will Patton - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 16243
UPC 00012236162438
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Jonathan Hensleigh's directorial debut is the second movie to be based on the Marvel Comics characte
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Punisher is a long, dark slog through grim revenge. Unlike most movies based on comic boo
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Jane,Tom
Label Artisan Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle John Travolta, in his crazy/creepy mode, certainly seems to have a good time.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...The Punisher laudably exposes the dark core of the human heart.

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