The impressively muscular chest of Tom Jane is the focal point of The Punisher
, a movie based on a Marvel Comics superhero. Frank Castle (Jane, Deep Blue Sea
) retires from the FBI, which means--as any moviegoer expects--that his family is toast. Howard Saint (John Travolta, Face/Off
), a shady Florida businessman whose son was killed in Castle's last mission, orders a hit not only on Castle's wife and child, but also on his parents and a whole bunch of aunts, uncles, cousins, and so forth. The killers shoot Castle himself in the chest, but he inexplicably survives and--as any moviegoer expects--sets out to even the score. Implausibly, given his sometimes curious and roundabout methods, he succeeds. Also featuring Will Patton (Armageddon
) as an oily thug, Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive
) as Saint's fleshpot wife, and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (X-Men
) as a waitress with bad taste in men. --Bret Fetzer
Undercover FBI agent and former Marine Frank Castle is devastated when his wife and son are killed. Wearing a black suit with a white skull emblazoned on his chest, The Punisher, first sets his sights on the crime syndicate that was responsible for the murders of his family. His quest leads him to the son of Howard Saint, a former underworld boss who had gone straight, but the death of his son leads him to get back to crime, and guess who he's gunning for?