The Punisher details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos|
|Studio:||COLUMBIA TRI-STAR HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||24 Jan 2005|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Violent revenge movieBy a customer from Birmingham, UK , 24 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I bought the American DVD of this film a couple of months ago based on reviews I'd come across, and I was not disappointed with it. It is not a continuous slap bang action movie (like many of Seagal's 'straight to video' efforts), there are long periods of character development couple with short quite violent action scenes, and you end up with the impression that the Punisher himself, while being sympathetic to his plight, is probably quite psychotic and deranged as a result of the murder of his family. John Travolta has an easy pay day in this movie - his character doesn't have to do too much development in this film.
Perhaps one criticism is that the film is too long - you could probably take about 20 minutes out of the film without really affecting the storyline (from the US DVD release anyway).
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the punisherBy a customer from Airdrie , 19 Jan 2010My husband chose this one and he found it very good
Trashy funBy RJNeb2 (1017 reviews) from London , 14 Jan 2010Second attempt after 1989's Dolph Lundgren effort to bring the Marvel Comic franchise to the screen, a much darker and more violent affair than your average Spider-Man or X-Men movie. Thomas Jane is the former cop who sees his family obliterated by a drug crimelord and so goes on a rampaging killing spree to avenge his loved ones. There's a certain grim pleasure to be had seeing all sorts of repellent characters being blown away, but even in the superbuff Jane and the over-the-top John Travolta, the film's comic book origins remain all too clear.
Middling MarvelBy danieljparsons (118 reviews) from Ashford , 09 Jan 2010Not nearly as bad as I'd heard/feared, The Punisher is nevertheless, 70% a terrible film. First off, I have to mention the music score, which is truly diabolical, so overwrought that it taints scenes that could otherwise work with parody-like melodrama. Second, the vast majority of the cast are laughable - John Travolta possibly the biggest problem. His villain routine is hammy, overplayed and risible. Third, the attempts at humour largely do not work. Fourth, there's a bizarre mix of styles here that frequently clash with each other. In particular, I'm thinking of how the 'origin', itself not too shabby and quite well edited, has the potential to start a dark, bleak film. And yet the puerile humor and cartoonish, Home Alone style violence consistently diminishes this aspect.
The good stuff. Thomas Jane is a more than capable lead; when the film succeeds it's almost always down to him. Laura Harring, the villainess, is actually quite scary (Travolta should take note). The one comedic aspect of the film I did enjoy - the trio of unusual neighbours in the apartment building Frank Castle relocates to - is well played, and adds a welcome human touch that keeps Castle three dimensional. Ben Foster is very good as one of said neighbours; initially annoying in one of his typical OTT parts, his refusal to give information to an enemy and his friendship with his two flatmates and with Castle becomes a joy. It's a pity then that this subplot is abandoned during the also quite impressive final showdown.
All in all, this has to be considered a failure, frustrating because inside here there's a decent film trying to break free from the mess that surrounds it.
The punisherBy a customer from Leicester , 30 Sep 2009Reasonable film. Big gaps between action scenes.
Action scenes are good when they get there.
The PunisherBy a customer from Bude , 03 Aug 2009Not too bad a story, but the violence gets a bit boring, unpredictable end though.