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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.Read more ›
This 1989 version is how the Punisher is truely meant to be. He punishes the guilty with extreme prejudice, without hesitation and without regrets.
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.Read more ›
People, by and large, stayed away from the movie. He wasn't a loveable character like TV's Spider-Man, or Wonder Woman, not shiny/squeaky clean like Superman. He was a take no prisoners, deliver no one liners kinda guy. The thing that made him an outcast in the Marvel Universe and a HIT with it's readers made the viewing public uncomfortable. Much the same way those who came after him were (see also "The Punisher" starring Thomas Jane and "Punisher War Journal" with Ray Stevenson). This is not a superhero movie for kids. In fact, in this case, superhero is a bit of a misnomer, as The Punisher is just a really dedicated angry man, a Vietnam Vet fighting a war on crime to avenge his family... but he knows what most who seek to get revenge don't: That once you've made revenge your life's work and achieved revenge against those who wronged you (in this case killed your family), you are left with nothing but emptiness. The Punisher understands this, so he continues. Revenge is replaced by the mission, and the object of the mission is to wipe out crime so that no one else will suffer the fate of his family.Read more ›
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A decent film, a marvel film and Dolph makes a decent Punisher.
Nice buns BTW! ; )
Classic, maybe the best Punisher movie of them all, much better than Thomas Jane and travoltaPublished 4 months ago by Mark Winburn
The Punisher? And you have to ask if it's any good? Really? LOL...just like the two that followed it, this punisher is for real.Published 5 months ago by Lyle
All was good but this was the wrong punisher movie the other one was better so that's why the low,stars.Published 6 months ago by lynn m
Arrived on time in perfect condition exactly as described.*****Published 6 months ago by Drew T. '77
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