The Punisher Reviews
When you expected a 'bad-ass' action movie and what you get is a 'bad and half assed' drama, Punisher really punish the audience's mood with bad plot and bad music scores. the only good thing about this movie is it's last 30 minutes.
Thomas Jane was a good punisher, just a massive shame that the director did not get the extra money and support he wanted to make this film even better. I have read what had to be cut and it does seem like a lot changed from the original plan and concept of the film. It is also a shame that he did not return to do War Zone, although I do like Ray too... I am sure now that Marvel has their hands back on the punisher we might finally see a great film but then again I can't see Disney doing an 18 years rated movie.
It's got a decent cast that are all misused. It takes a gritty, violent Marvel ant-hero and sucks out most of his grit and violence -- except for the odd, sudden graphic moments slapped in for effect. It plops these weird comic foils (The Punisher has oddball neighbors) for the protagonist into the movie and they do nothing but annoy the audience with their ineptitude. It has a very cliched gangster revenge plot and...I just can't talk about this dumb movie anymore. Just know it's poorly written and directed; and Thomas Jane, while intense in the title role, pretty much falls flat when he has to do anything that doesn't involve shooting a weapon -- which, in this kind of story, doesn't occur nearly enough.