Punisher War Zone
release year: 2008
viewing setting: home DVD, 6/22/12 and 3/18/09
synopsis: As the vigilante Punisher begins to doubt himself, a disfigured enemy plans to get rid of him once and for all.
impressions: Ultra-violent but weak in many ways. This one totally disregarded the previous one, to which I say: if you didn't like the plot of the first one, you shouldn't have made that movie at all. I hate it when someone decides to make a different style of film for a sequel and so they disown the one that came before. There were also some bad guys (Jigsaw and his brother) who were a lttle too insane, to the point that it made the characters stupid. Also, there were numerous supporting characters from the comic books in this movie, but none of them were really accurate. Folks, a movie series isn't a salad bar - you don't just take what you want and throw it together to make what you want. If you're basing a movie on something, be faithful to the source material.
something this movie has that no other movie has: A guy getting crushed in a pit filled with glass.
acting: Ray Stevenson is suitably dark and non-verbal as the Punisher. Dominic West is insane brother #1, whose face is scarred thanks to the Punisher. Doug Hutchison is insane brother #2, who combines temper and a disregard for his own safety. They both laugh like maniacs for no reason, and it comes off as stupid. Colin Salmon is an FBI agent with his own agenda. Julie Benz is the wife of an agent accidentally killed by the Punisher.
final word: Violently entertaining, but not a keeper worth repeat viewing.
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