Punisher: War Zone

December 5th, 2008


Punisher: War Zone

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After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.0/10 (27,172 voted)

Critic's Score: 30/100

Director: Lexi Alexander

Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz

Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy Russoti. He tracks Russoti down and chases him into a vat that is used for crushing bottles. Frank turns on the crusher hoping it would take care of him but it doesn't. He survives but sustains very severe injuries that even with plastic surgery his face looks like a jigsaw puzzle. So he decides to adopt the name Jigsaw. Frank who killed one of Russoti's people who unknown to him is an undercover Fed, decides to pack it in. But when he learns Russoti didn't die and is looking for the money he entrusted to the Fed and will go looking for it at his home which means his family is in danger. So Frank tries to save them. But Russoti wants revenge on Frank so he breaks out his brother who is so crazed that he is committed to an asylum...

Writers: Nick Santora, Art Marcum

Ray Stevenson - Frank Castle
Dominic West - Billy / Jigsaw
Doug Hutchison - Loony Bin Jim
Colin Salmon - Paul Budiansky
Wayne Knight - Micro
Dash Mihok - Martin Soap
Julie Benz - Angela
Stephanie Janusauskas - Grace
Mark Camacho - Pittsy
Romano Orzari - Nicky
Keram Malicki-Sánchez - Ink
Larry Day - Agent Miller
Ron Lea - Captain Ross
Tony Calabretta - Saffiotti
T.J. Storm - Maginty

Taglines: Vengeance has a name.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 5 December 2008

Filming Locations: Brossard, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,271,451 (USA) (7 December 2008) (2508 Screens)

Gross: $7,948,159 (USA) (21 December 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Seeing as he had absolutely no involvement with the creation of the original Punisher character, this is one of the few movies based on a Marvel Comic that Stan Lee does not appear in.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Punisher is seen attaching a sound suppressor to his M4A1 rifle, a distinctive sound of torque wrench is heard. Frank however, does it by hand, not using any tools.

Loony Bin Jim: Yummy, yummy, yummy in my tummy, tummy, tummy.

User Review

Exactly what you'd want in a Punisher movie

Rating: 7/10

I saw this a couple hours ago in Fullerton, CA. I was a reader of the comic, and am a fan of what we've seen from Marvel lately. This movie is just what I wanted, and what I expected.

Ray Stevenson is perfect as Frank Castle, and everyone else is at least good enough for an action movie. Dominic West is over the top as Jigsaw - which is what Jigsaw should be! A horribly disfigured mob boss with a vendetta is not a subtle thing to begin with.

As for the "respectable" critics' complaints: 1. Violence: Of course it's violent! What part of the title "Punisher: War Zone" implies peaceful conflict resolution? He's not the "Admonisher". The gore and violence is not at the level of a "Saw" film, but it is high. It is rated "R" for a reason.

2. Dialogue: I think the critics have been spoiled by "Dark Knight" and "Iron Man". Those were comic-book movies with extraordinarily good dialogue. "Punisher: War Zone" is no worse than a "Predator" or "Rambo: First Blood". Not great, but not awful. This is not supposed to be "Hamlet".

3. Script: The story moves along well, and when there's a break in the action (which isn't very often), the film doesn't drag- it's always going somewhere. Not perfect, but good. Much better than the critics have made it out to be.

All in all, a good time, and one that I'll buy and re-watch as soon as it comes out on DVD.


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