#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy Russoti. He tracks Russoti down and chases him into a vat that is used for crushing bottles. Frank turns on the crusher hoping it would take care of him but it doesn’t. He survives but sustains very severe injuries that even with plastic surgery his face looks like a jigsaw puzzle. So he decides to adopt the name Jigsaw. Frank who killed one of Russoti’s people who unknown to him is an undercover Fed, decides to pack it in. But when he learns Russoti didn’t die and is looking for the money he entrusted to the Fed and will go looking for it at his home which means his family is in danger. So Frank tries to save them. But Russoti wants revenge on Frank so he breaks out his brother who is so crazed that he is committed to an asylum, to deal with him. And also another Fed who’s a friend of the man Frank killed wants him too.
Plot: Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the “Punisher Task Force” hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.
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***The best of the Punisher movies with a weak last act***
The Punisher first appeared in the Spider-Man comic in February, 1974, and became a semi-regular foe/ally in that mag, but was more apt to appear in Daredevil in the 80s until the character got his own mini-series in 1986 and then his ongoing titles: The Punisher (1987), The Punisher War Journal (1988) and The Punisher War Zone (1992). The character was so popular at the time that he inspired a black & white magazine as well (1989).
The reason The Punisher was and continues to be so popular is because he’s essentially an over-the-top version of “Dirty Harry” and “Deathwish”: Frank Castle’s family is killed by the mob while on a picnic in Central Park and so he declares war on all criminals wherein he becomes their judge, jury and executioner. Unlike Daredevil, a lawyer who utilizes the justice system, The Punisher just kills ’em all.
The first movie version was 1989’s “The Punisher” with Dolph Lundgren, which was a disappointment. Lundgren was good, but the movie was too Grade B cartoony and it took too many liberties. Still, some consider it a cult flick. The 2004 movie with Thomas Jane curiously transferred the character from New York City to sunny Florida, specifically the Tampa area. There were other oddities that didn’t sit well, but Jane was good as the protagonist and there was enough good in the flick to marginally enjoy it.
This 2008 rendition, “Punisher: War Zone,” was originally intended to be a sequel to the 2004 movie with Thomas Jane, but delays in the production caused him to pull out. Lexi Alexander ultimately got the gig as director and she pitched the idea of doing the film “as a throwback to ’80s era action films” with 6’4” Ray Stevenson taking over as The Punisher.
Jigsaw (Dominic West) makes for a memorable villain with Loony Bin Jim an entertaining wacko sidekick (Doug Hutchison). Wayne Knight plays Microchip and Julie Benz the wife of an undercover agent that Castle mistakenly kills on one of his missions. The towering Colin Salmon stands out as a police agent intent on tracking down The Punisher.
It was a good call to bring the story back to New York City and, honestly, this has to be one of the best-looking big city movies I’ve ever seen, no kidding. The cinematography/locations/lighting are exceptional. While the movie has the urban grittiness of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, it balances it out with amusing cartoonish-ness. There is some quality drama, like Castle’s anguish over killing a “good guy” and his dealings with the dead agent’s widow & daughter, but it’s not overlong and dull like in “Batman Begins” (2005) and “The Dark Knight” (2008). Unfortunately, the last act, while serviceable, could’ve been better.
At the end of the day, “Punisher: War Zone” edges out the 2004 movie as the best film version of the character. It’s more faithful to the comics and overall more entertaining even though it totally bombed at the box office.
The film runs 1 hour, 43 minutes and was shot in Montreal, Quebec.
To be fair, Punisher: War Zone is the most accurate representation of the comic we’ve had to date. The gore, extreme violence, and borderline sadism is very much a part of the comic. Ray Stevenson is spot on as Frank Castle. Dominic West is not so good as Jigsaw but at least his gang is more competent than Travolta’s.
Given that this came out in the same year as two other big comic book movies, there is one big thing that Punisher: War Zone contributes: proof that a female director can make an unforgivingly cruel but kick ass action flick, so I don’t understand how more of them aren’t being given the opportunity to do so.
Punisher War Zone: A hugely pleasant surprise
I really enjoyed The Punisher (2004) though I don’t think Thomas Jane made a good Punisher he is a competent enough actor to have pulled it off.
When I heard about this one 4yrs later I had no interest, I was frustrated that it had essentially been rebooted and that Jane was no longer playing Frank Castle.
Here we are 9yrs later I’ve finally given it a chance and I’m saddened I didn’t earlier. Punisher: War Zone is not the brainless action flick cash grab that I expected, in fact it rivals the 2004 version.
For a start Ray Stevenson is perfectly cast as The Punisher, he looks perfect and blows Jane & even Lungren out of the water. He thoroughly takes the role and makes it his amidst a host of great actors and characters.
Extremely violent and quite loyal to the original material this is something I could have gotten behind if it had become a franchise.
I’m not an action junkie, in fact I’d say it is by far one of my least favourite genres but when its done right like it is here it makes for some great entertainment.
Ignore the critics and put the 2004 version aside for a moment, War Zone is a damn decent film.
Remarkably violent (As it should be)
Very competent cast
Ray Stevenson makes a great Punisher
Accents are hit and miss
Recasting/Reebooting so soon after the last movie was a stupid move
Hero is a Christian, villain is an atheist. Overwhelming irony
Jigsaw monologue scene was dumb
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
I would love to see this Punisher added to the Marvel Universe
R-Rated superhero movies were a thing before Deadpool
Julie Benz is ageless
Best punisher movie seen to date
First I prayed that if there is a second movie I hope some else would cast as the punisher than Thomas Jane. Well prayers answered it was Ray Steveson. I liked his performance as the punisher. He has a much closer appearance to the comic, cold, powerful, intiminating and shows no remorse in his eyes when killing his foes. His acting was good and his voice sounds so cold that makes Thomas Jane sound like a girl. Good on you Steveson I hope you get to stay.
Second the movie story-line seems much closer to the comic though the producers and writers may have change the time setting of the movie to suit our time frame. And perhaps to my understanding from comic fans they may left some empty plots. Well its quite logical as it is a movie not a TV series so they may have to cut it short.
Third the action scenes and violence was sick in a way that I enjoyed every moments of it. Watching bad guys get shoot up to bits turned my frown to a grin. Though it was exaggarated who cares its Hollywood. If you do not appreciate this element of the movie too bad its supposed to violent its the Punisher or else it could have been dull.
Now I have a new prayer let there be Punisher 3 and Ray Stevenson stays as our noir crime fighter.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Lexi Alexander
Writer Nick Santora, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Actors Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchison, Colin Salmon
Country USA, Canada, Germany
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company MHF Zweite Academy Film, Marvel Studios Inc., Valhalla Motion Pictures, Lionsgate Films
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor Digital Intermediates, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna Vivid 160T 8543, Eterna 500T 8573)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Dolby Vision, Super 35 (also 3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3513DI), D-Cinema