Marvel Movie Madness! Part 17: The Punisher (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Marvel Movie Madness! Part 17: The Punisher (2004)

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Tim: Look, I know the Punisher is a vigilante driven to vengeance after the brutal slaying of his wife, child, parents, and extended family. I get it. But this is a seriously unpleasant movie. There are a few inherent problems with this material when you're putting it on the screen, namely that the over-the-top brutality that makes the comics queasily compelling just seems cruel here. The extended sequence in which evil plutocrat Frank Saint's thugs kill every member of Castle's family, then chase his wife and child to a pier and drive over them, then brutally beat Castle, shoot him several times, and dump gasoline everywhere to finish the job, is so vicious and sadistic -- and fetishized -- that it ceases to be entertainment and starts to be simply gratuitous.Back to Article