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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
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Let's face it, before Blade (1998), X-Men (2000) and Spider-Man (2002), Marvel Comics really didn't have much luck in getting successful films made based on their characters. The reason? Because they would often sell the movie rights to anyone who had two coins to rub together, releasing cinematic flops like Dr. Strange (1978), Howard the Duck (1986), Captain America (1989), and even a Fantastic Four movie that was so bad it never saw the light of day, as it was too bad to even release on video. And then there was The Punisher (1989), a character introduced in the 70's within the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man, issue 129, circa February 1974, a former police detective, now vigilante, taking revenge on criminals, motivated by the death of his family. Most people I know who've seen the film have pretty distinctive feelings about it, ranging from dislike to severe hate, but I always thought it was pretty good, considering...
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.
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By A Customer on April 20 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is great for what it is: an 80's Punisher movie. It's also the type of movie that seperates those who enjoy a great action movie from the more dogmatic and less fun. Take a look at the reviews on this site and you'll see what I mean. Action fans, who have read some Punsher comics and think it's a fun character, know an 80's action movie when they see one and can appreciate them for what they are: escapism. They enjoyed this movie.
You also have the flip side of the coin. These folks can't get past the Punisher's shirt, his having the wrong number or gender of kids, the wrong mobsters being the baddies, the wrong form of execution of his family (it's a car bomb in the movie), the wrong location of the execution (it's not in Central Park)...etc. and this is not a happy bunch. They aren't happy when Dolph is super-heroic and they aren't happy when he's more human and his shirt really bugs them.
Do any of these changes really get in the way of the movie being a great 80's action film. No. It's still a decent and entertaining movie, but they would disagree. "The Punisher has on the wrong shirt" is a major complaint, and "the new movie will be better" they hoped in vain. "Better" meant more true in every little detail to the book with no changes.
Now the '04 Punisher has arrived. Other than the shirt is the 2004 Punisher free of many of the "problems" that geekdom has with the '89 movie? Not really. Once again it seems the bad guy isn't exactly right in the new one, the Punisher's family isn't exactly right, and they are killed in Puerto Rico and not in Central Park...etc. and once again there will be folks that won't be happy. They are very "by the book" and the word escapism apparently is not in their book.
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Marvel's Punisher has long been one of my favorite comic book characters. Not really a superhero, the Punisher is a flesh & blood mortal possessed by an insatiable hunger for vengeance on the underworld which murdered his wife and children. Very much an anti-hero, the Punisher is the ultimate vigilante who brings retribution to those whom the law either will not or cannot, neither asking nor giving any quarter in his unending one-man war on criminals everywhere.
New World International's 1989 adaptation of the benighted comic book crusader is better than its usually given credit for. Starring the oft-maligned Dolph Lundgren, "The Punisher" largely succeeds in bringing the comic to life. Lundgren's raw, atheletic presence dominates the picture, and if Lundgren doesn't bring home any Oscars he proves once again to be a highly capable action hero, which is more than most people can lay claim to. While the script isn't exactly philosophical, Lundgren infuses his character with menace, nobility, and a certain tragic weariness that comes off just right, while the two brief opening and closing inner dialogues between the Punisher and God add great emotional depth to the story.
Lou Gossett Jr. is his usual excellent self as the cop out to crack the Punisher's case and also the vigilante's best friend, and Nancy Everhard is pleasant (if unnecessary) as Gossett's partner while Jerden Krabbe is tough and believable as a mobster that the Punisher must form an uneasy alliance with. A down-on-his-luck actor who becomes the Punisher's street informant, a ruthless female Yakuza and her high-kicking mute daughter round out the impressive cast of characters.
The sets are mean and dark, the action hard-hitting and well-staged, and the overall atmosphere gritty and exciting.
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