The Punisher

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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Just a laugh, a thrill, and plenty of sustained weapons fire.’ Thus did Marvel Comics-writer Garth Ennis introduce his muscled psycho of one-track vengeance. Yet even these intellectual ground zero expectations are disappointed in the unsteady comedy of this latest live-action adaptation, whose hootsome script seems to have blown its own brains out amid the non-stop cartoon carnage. Special Agent Frank Castle (Tom Jane) is all set for a nice beach-house retirement, before he inadvertently snuffs out the son of Tampa ‘businessman’ Howard Saint (John Travolta) – sparking a bloodthirsty, distinctly unthrilling, eye-for-eye retribution even those Ancient Greek chappies might consider a tad unrestrained. Ultimately, Frank’s victim -to-vigilante transformation is so morally unexplored it’s emotionally alienating.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday September 24 2004
Duration: 123 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Cast: Thomas Jane
John Travolta
Will Patton
Laura Harring
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
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What a truly awful film this is. I've just watched the whole thing and I'm still not sure if I am supopsed to laugh or cry. Travolta has made some bad ones (more thasn good ones, TBH) and this is right up there with the worst of them. If the minimum was zero starts, that's what I'd give it.