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 ...Written by
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This movie is a reboot and not a sequel to The Punisher, so any differences between the two movies are not necessarily continuity errors. See more »
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
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