Punisher: War Zone

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Released 2008

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Director:
Lexi Alexander
Released:
2008
Rating:
R

Punisher: War Zone is the third film following Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson), Marvel Comic's vigilante hero better known as The Punisher. After Frank's wife and children were murdered by a crime mob, he took to the streets of New York City after revenge, wreaking havoc in the city's crime organizations. Billy Russoti (Dominic West) is one of the targets of Castle's war on crime and is horribly disfigured as a result. Billy does not take kindly to being maimed and he takes to calling himself Jigsaw while he recruits the city's top criminals to form the Punisher Task Force. The group of elite criminals has one mission: to kill Frank Castle. When The Punisher proves too difficult for the criminals to track down, they kidnap Angela (Julie Benz), the wife of Frank's FBI friend, and her daughter. Recalling the loss of his own wife and children at the hands of the mob, Frank willing steps into the obvious trap as he tries to save his friend's family.

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Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety

    Along with torrents of gore, Punisher: War Zone has moments that are deliriously funny, because the violence is so awful and so casual.

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It looks great, it hurtles through its paces and is well-acted. The soundtrack is like elevator music if the elevator were in a death plunge. The special effects are state of the a...

  • 20

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Does it have to be so witless, so stupid, so openly contemptuous of the very audience it's supposed to be pandering to?

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