The film, directed by Mark Goldblatt, whose primary credits include editing films like The Howling (1981), The Terminator (1984), and True Lies (1994), stars Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Jerome Krabbé. Yeah, I know what you're thinking...Dolph Lundgren? I think a number of people had instant reservations when hearing Dolph, certainly an interminable dweller of the B movie circuit, pre-judging the film unfairly. Lou Gossett, Jr. brings a little star power to the table, but he also is no stranger to B movie fans appearing in films like Jaws 3-D (1983), Firewalker (1986), and any of the four or so Iron Eagle films.
The film opens with a television news report, giving us some expository background with regards to a mafia type recently acquitted of the crime of killing detective Frank Castle (Lungren) and his family five years prior.Read more ›
The 2004 Punisher is an entertaining shoot-em-up. Like the 2004 movie, Dolph's 1989 flick is also lots of shoot-em-up fun. Ignore the complaints about the Punisher's shirt when you read reviews on here and you'll be fine. This version isn't as polished as a lot of today's movies, but its fun entertainment that you shouldn't think about too hard. There's a big guy in black, lots of action, and death. It's not rocket science.
Give this one a look and the 2004 Punisher too. It's all good.
Scriptwise, it's a little smarter than the dumbed down, "no plot just brainless, meaningless violence" comics that Marvel pust out, which makes it only slightly dumber than the typical B movie.
But as with anything superhero related, you're an idiot if you look for any kind of deeper meaning here.