The Punisher

 (3,589)6.42 h 3 min2004X-RayR
After his wife and family are killed, G-Man Frank Castle takes it upon himself to distribute punishment to those responsible for the vendetta.
Directors
Jonathan Hensleigh
Starring
Thomas JaneJohn TravoltaWill Patton
Genres
SuspenseDramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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4.6 out of 5 stars

3589 global ratings

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DaveReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprised... great Punisher movie!
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I think one of the best things is that this combines some cliche themes, shots, and cheese lines in a way that I still found enjoyable. They made it work - such that where I might otherwise groan here I could nod my head and enjoy it. Just to explain that - things like the perfectly timed thunderstorm arrival for a fight, the industrial noir grunge metal vent fan behind the whiskey downing hero, and a couple action sequence comments.

The story was pretty serious, definitely not a light hearted movie. This was my first exposure to Punisher and I've started reading the comics now. After reading them, I appreciate this movie more - it's a great live action version. Thomas Jane does a great job. He's just made for gritty noir, although I loved him in Arrested Development. John Travolta... a great job, but he's got such a unique look and voice, it was a little jarring for me. Otherwise a great cast. Some great unique characters and actually quite touching story and message about family, about outcasts, and sticking together. It's a message that camaraderie is not just for soldiers, but can be found in unlikely places and outside of the service.
33 people found this helpful
ConfederateReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
NETFLIX Punisher Much Better!
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I honestly can't believe the positive reviews about this movie when so much of it was horrible. Script, F. Acting, C-. Directing, D. Casting, F. Character Development, D-. The comic relief wasn't. The plot was miserable. I normally love anything with Marvel stamped on it, but I honestly couldn't bring myself to finish it. I know the Punisher story and I loved the Netflix series, which was as far above this garbage as John Wick was! In fact, the John Wick movies are what these Punisher movies should have been. If I could muster anything good to say about these movies, I'd love to say it, but sadly, Captain Marvel was several hundred times better than this garbage. If you want a great Punisher series, watch the Netflix series. They were far better, especially with Daredevil.
17 people found this helpful
Thoughtful ConsumerReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Love the Punisher, but this is embarrassingly bad
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When Marvel (pre-Disney) did this, they must've gotten a $50 budget, and I mean fifty-dollar budget, not a 50 thousand or 50 million budget. The story is nothing like the origin story, and the writing has plot holes which you can put maybe 100 black holes in, and there's room to spare. What can I say, the editing is bad, they the continuity guy was prob drunk, and forget about any bit of logic. Spoilers here. Frank is shot in both legs and his chest, and is recovered enough to go the scene of the crime. He's healed enough to have a bullet hole scar on his chest (umm, who performed chest surgery, and why is there no incision scar?), he goes back and collects various firearms from the boarded up house (so the cops didn't confiscate the guns in the home, in plain sight... and even if they didn't there were no looters in the weeks and months since?). If they were on a budget, they should've just stuck using the comic book as the screenplay... it would've been 10x better.
4 people found this helpful
Happy Happy Joy joyReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Seems too much like a classic 90s cheesy action movie, but more like Miami Vice the TV show.
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This movie is simple in premise and execution. kill and blow stuff up.

Is this movie stupid...Yes.

Hey lets wound the lead and then leave before we see him die.

Hey look after being shot in the arm and leg with a shotgun and shot point blank in the chest and being blown 50 yards from the explosion, I still swam to shore.

I'm alive, you know what I just found out the schedules of the man I want to kill, I think I will put my tombstone on the golf course he plays at, I mean why kill him, its just the start of the second act. The element of surprise never worked for anyone.

I have to say when he jumps the car over a slightly open draw bridge, for some reason on the other side which includes a high rise and overpass, some girl is playing soccer in an industrial areas and happens to chase her ball in the street. I have heard of forced moment to drive a story, but really, his car could not of had a blow out and rolled?

I will say that you can do a drinking game for every time a car crashes and has no gas tank... you chug.

If you know this movie is going to be stupid and not logical in any fashion, then your good to go. Its one the same level of Lethal Weapon, but no jokes or good supporting characters.
3 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad for early Marvel film before MCU started
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Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe took off there were two attempts to bring the Punisher character to the big screen. This was the second film featuring Thomas Jane as Frank Castle the Punisher and John Travolta as the villain Howard Saint. The story revolves around revenge as Castle gets Saint’s son killed, so Saint kills Castle’s family, and then Castle tries to get back at Saint.

What does the movie get right? It has Castle building up a small arsenal and gadgets to carry out his work. He tries to break up Saint’s operations by going after his money and his henchmen. It has the killers Harry Heck (Mark Collie) and The Russian (Kevin Nash) from the comics who were hired by Saint to take out Castle. His neighbors Joan (Rebecca Romijn), Spacker (Ben Foster) and Nathaniel (John Pinette) were all from the comics as well. Finally, Castle writes out a manifesto talking about how he’s become a vigilante which again, harkened back to the source material.

What the story never got however was the persona of The Punisher. You didn’t get that ruthless quality.

That being said it wasn’t bad, especially for an early Marvel film before they really got their act together. In the end it got more right than wrong.
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3 people found this helpful
Earl CarlsonReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
There is nothing in this movie to distinguish it from a few hundred others with the same plot.
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It is a daisy chain of cliches with characters and events each interchangeable with the characters and events in dozens of others of this genre. I give it two stars, not because I feel it deserve two stars, but because there is enough gore and violence to simmer the juices of all those wanna-be Rambos who thrive on this sort of b.s. On second thought, one star. This movie will only encourage those people who can't be trusted to play nice with pointed sticks.
5 people found this helpful
GeorgeNYReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Some really good acting by the supporting cast!
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A couple times I wished the protagonist died, and the story was advanced by the supporting cast... No, the script couldn't be saved nor the story really caught up to my dwindling interest.

This movie was kind of unpredictable in twists and turns. Hold on, let me explain before you get any excitement about this stupefying movie...

I mean, the premise that he lost everything and he'd kill everyone, and more, who were responsible for killing his family was very predictable. But, the unpredictable parts were the many stupid ways by which he went ahead. Likewise it was laughable (not funny) how he succeeded; he had to, because otherwise this horrible movie would not have been made.

Oh, this is important: The lead actor was the most wooden one, tremendously lacking in thespian skills. The other lesser actors were way much better.

So, he taught us that his revenge because ..(ready for this?) justice, because .. the law isn't always able/capable of delivering justice, so knuckleheads like him need to step up. I won't go over the many holes in the script, because I've lost too many brain cells already by watching this....

I'd give 1 star, but I think 2 is good for a few good actors in this flick, and some decent production values.
2 people found this helpful
PDMReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Well made shoot-em-up, except for hams
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Lotsa guns - metallic, clicking guns. And explosions. And bad guys gettin’ it. From a good guy with the noblest motive: They killed his family, and the law - well - you know! So, of course, he’s gotta do things himself. A movie custom made for 14-year olds.

But this one actually has decent screenplay. And steady camera work. And good music. And John Travolta! And pretty Rebecca Romijn. So, of course, I had to see it. And it wasn’t too bad. There’s actually some good lines, but the lead is one big ham. I kept wanting to see Travolta in the lead, rather than as chief bad guy. And I don’t know what else it is, but some profound lines are delivered rather perfunctorily. That detracts from the effect. But maybe I’m not the target audience - I’m a tad older than 14.
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