Punisher: War Zone (2008) - Action, Adventure, Crime

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Frank Castle known as Punisher ruthlessly demolishes organized crime, but it starts an even bigger war.

Director: Lexi Alexander
Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 54 out of 292 found boring (18.49%)

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In all honesty, I thought it was fairly entertaining.

This film is the best Punisher, as well as one of the most bad-ass, violent and mind blowing movie ever made.

If you're looking for any of the depth of character, or rich storyline of the contemporary Punisher Max books, don't waste your time with this movie, you will not find the tightly knit story telling Enis has been spoiling Punisher fans with the past few years.

It is definitely not a movie that everyone will like, but it is very entertaining.

Despite these minor flaws, 'War Zone' is a very enjoyable comic book/action film, with plenty of over-the-top violence and a cool soundtrack.

I mean, James, who Hutchison turns into the human equivalent of a bottle of nitroglycerin, utterly unpredictable and it's clearly not safe to be anywhere near him.

This film was action packed and had a different feel for the storyline.

It leaves you totally indifferent because it's drowning in a boring mediocrity.

The Cops love him he's doing what they want to do with the Punisher justice is cold hard and final no court of last appeals no corrupt justice system just him a gun and justice, Until Billy Rosetti comes up with a perfect angle to sell a bio hazardous agent to a group of terrorists the FBI has a agent on the inside in a intense gun battle at a recycling plant the agent is killed by the punisher and Rosetti is fed into a glass recycler his face is shredded and he's saved by his mob.

Apart from that the movie is very bland.

Punisher: War Zone was a very action packed movie.

I felt I got my money's worth, and that it was much more entertaining than the 2004 version.

Unprovoked, completely pointless and redundant film.

-1st action scene: The only one that SHOULD have been fast, and somehow you made it slow?

Somewhat entertaining .

There's an unexpected attention to detail that can be appreciated with Frank constantly weary of his ammo supply seen consistently reloading his rifles, its a neat detail that is often glossed over by many blockbusters and even films that are far superior to this one.

The action, albeit good and entertaining, was way over the top, and at many times pointless.

While it's certainly not an artistic triumph and Alexander would probably like this redacted from her resume, it's entertaining junk that doesn't have more than a few moments pass without someone meeting a bloody end.

But Ray Stevenson was more bland, and he seems to bring no interest to the film, the way Thomas Jane did.

Jam packed with ridiculously over the top violence and hammy villains, this film is really enjoyable, though not for those lacking a sense of humour or a love of trashy movies.

-I'm sorry, but how do empty paint cans make grenades cooler/work-better?

Director Lexi Alexander does his best to keep the bloodthirsty happy with some inventive killings, maimings and general debauchery but I must admit I preferred the Thomas Jane incarnation a few years back then this empty-headed crowd-pleaser.

From there on in, the film is a simple cat-and-mouse game as Castle and Jigsaw takes turns trying to kill one-another, until a fairly memorable final showdown that will leave you breathless with it's intense action.

It was totally pointless and should not in any way have been made or released.

The opening action sequence was awesome, the middle was really boring except for a couple of cool parts, and again the ending was awesome and action-filled.

The only people who will enjoy this film (or at least think they do until they wake up the next morning) are those drunkards coming to the films to watch something that they can fall asleep to - the mindless sound of terribly recorded gunshots and awful blood-splatter sound effects.

It makes it unwatchable.

Not only does it have cardboard characters and no plot to speak of, but it revels in extreme violence that is justified by the same boring and cretinous "killing bad guys is good".

He's just a random side kick who gets blown away at the 'suspenseful' climax.

For the remainder of the feature however, which sees gunfights a plentiful mixed with you-can't-be-serious plotting, well paced action and extremely graphic and stylized comic book violence, the experience is endlessly compelling when it draws focus upon these elements.

it's full of non stop thrilling action which is always fun and it very gory and direct which we don't see these days in action movies.

Other than his not so lovely face, Jigsaw is a fairly uninteresting adversary.

There are actually a few decent aspects of this film that aren't due to The fight scene towards the end is genuinely enjoyable though.

It's all generic and predictable.

It's dreary without being gritty.

) was equally stunning.

Yes, everything is predictable; from making the enemy, to kidnap the lead's friends, to destroying the enemy.

I've seen commercials selling action figures that had more suspense presented than what is in this pointless sh*t.

I don't think it's a sequel that people deserved, but it's quite enjoyable in a brainless way.

The entire movie is one exciting, slam, bang and explosive tour through the bowels of hell.

This was more brutal and messed up(especially jigsaw and his brother), it was a lot more action packed.

The mirror scene was kind of stupid and pointless, I thought, and I thought that the crazy building-jumping gang was also a little dumb.

All Gory, No Story, No Glory .

Totally action packed, fast paced, and they finally cast a guy who was perfect for the role of the PUNISHER.

Despite all the bad qualities of Punisher: War Zone, there were still things that I found entertaining about it.

Taken on its own terms, "Punisher: War Zone" is everything it is supposed to be: excessively violent, larger than life, fast paced, and almost always loads of fun.

His movements seemed slow and at times he reminded me of Jeff Daniels.

But it's a moot point, Stevenson and his supporting cast, including the lovely Julie Benz, made the downtime enjoyable.

It's goofy as hell with Frank Castle mowing down hordes of baddies in a surprisingly entertaining fight sequence where he moves up apartment stories.

At a glancePros: Unapologetically Punisher Level Brutality Stevenson is a compelling Frank Castle Movie pacing is greatCons: Cliché accents Could have used some more dialogue from FrankOverall: 8/10Bottom Line: If you are a punisher fan, you're in for a blast

If the quality of villains was measured positively by their terribly trite dialogue, Punisher: War Zone would have the greatest cinematic bad guys of all time.

War Zone was a very BRUTAL Punisher and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

All of the scenes with Ray Stevenson are really intense and the film is packed with extreme, over the top gory violence and brutal action.

The picture quality was breathtaking.

But all in all, this movie was lame, inaccurate, continuously boring, contained completely unrealistic fight scenes, and made me want to break this DVD in half, stick in a pile of crap and put it on the director's doorstep.

With his goons by his side, one of which, Loony Bin Jim (Doug Hutchison), is criminally insane and thus busted out of an asylum of course, counters Jigsaw's more sombre, serious tones with wacky, off the wall insanity that transforms well on the screen into one of the movie's biggest and most enjoyable personalities.

The story is simple, the acting intense, the special effects impressive and the movie delivers.

About all the Punisher ever feels is remorse, saddened nostalgia, hardened determination, and brief moments of grim satisfaction, which isn't enough really, but Stevenson valiantly tries to humanize his character in the slower moments.

To put Punisher: War Zone in even briefer terms, it is: Bloodier than the Saw Series and more action packed than The Expendables.

First in 1990 The Punisher was introduced, in a straight to video release, followed an annoying bland performance by Dolph Lungren.

But I still consider Punisher: War Zone to be far more entertaining than such over-rated Marvel adaptations as the Fantastic Four movies, Iron Man, the X-Men and Blade trilogies, and the Spider-Man films.

I also like how he had the logo on his chest the whole film pretty much, even if it was hard to see cause it was sort of dull on his black outfit.

Tom Jane, who, in the 1st film, was excellent as the main lead, is replaced by a bland mcbland actor, Ray Stevenson, who is as artless in his vocal dialogue as he is in his physical representation.

With one part Batman knock-off, one part NYPD drama, and one part Call of Duty 4; this was the biggest waste of my time, and the director must hold some contempt for the public's artistic taste.

Lower than one of the worst movies ever made?

With lots of intense and sometimes awkwardly humorous gory scenes, its pretty much the highlight of the movie and it is fun to watch.

Pluses of the film: The film is gripping, at most parts.

This exciting picture packs action packed, thrills, shootouts, chills and lots of violence, explosion , gore and guts .

Ignoring the 2004 version (which is equally enjoyable, albeit for different reason), Punisher: Warzone finds Frank Castle already cozy in the role of the hard-edged vigilante known as the Punisher.

The direction and multiple close-up shots are repetitive and soon decline into a state of boredom.

But Stevenson's Punisher has only one facial expression and only speaks in a growly monotone.

One of the worst movies I have ever seen.

No depth, no plot, no reason to carry on watching.

Micro died (in the most unbelievable way possible), the violence was intense, and the stories read like the best originals from the eighties, perhaps even better.

I really do hope they make a sequel to this movie because this is actually better than the dark knight I really mean it this movie was more intense then the dark knight.

awful awful movie, dull as a 60 years old on a menopause.

Sadly, this dreary excuse of an action flick only continues the sour trend of failed attempts on bringing the titular figure to life.

He wouldn't be playing pointless mind games with a costumed superhero.

As for Dominic West, he did a great job of keeping a straight face through his lines which were, for the most part, stupid and cliché.

Get weak ones, such as those in Ghost Rider, and you'll be in for a yawn fest.

From the trailers, it almost seemed as if director Lexi Alexander had brought us a faithful, entertaining adaptation of the Marvel series.

And yet it remains entertaining, even comedic in how far it goes.

Problem was this film was relying solely on its gore to impress audiences and nothing else, so with me unimpressed by the gore I became bored.

And perhaps to my understanding from comic fans they may left some empty plots.

I saw the movie Saturday and the theater was empty except for me and about 5 other people.

The story is so cliché and very far from believable.

The Punisher Warzone is entertaining at best.

This has got to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

waste of time, crappy story line - very disappointed.

I found it totally enjoyable and fun.

Frank Castle is a boring lifeless character who runs around and massacres people without reason.

This is definitely the best of the three Punisher movies and worth the watch!!

One of the Worst movies ever .

"lets take all things we think are cool and put them in here" well it turned out lame and predictable.

Asking for a intriguing plot?

This is a teenager action movie made for Castle's fans and/or testosterone and adrenaline junkies.

I recommend it to people that wanna see a good action packed violent film.

It was pointless.

I assure you, it is a complete waste of time.

The plots however are not, you know what I mean… corny, too many anticlimaxes, predictable, the funny moments- were they intentional?

The Worst Movie By Marvel Ever!

It's fun, cheap, and pretty damn brutal, despite having little to no story.

I enjoyed it a lot better the second time around, thanks to one key scene, where West takes off the bandages and looks in the mirror, it's direct from Batman, so I put Jigsaw in the same box as Nicholson, and the film became less serious because of this.

Director Lexi Alexander fails to capture the absorbing spirit of the gun-blazing hero in a way that accounts to an entertaining ride, and instead settles of a gloomy, self- serious vehicle.

The movie is a lot more action packed than the last one and throughout the movie is very violent.

" It is a great (though brutally violent) action film, with intense fight sequences enough guns to supply a small army.

I give it a 10/10 because its one of the most entertaining movies I've ever seen, and it does everything it aims to do perfectly.

Some scenes were hilarious (like when the Punisher pops a roof-jumper with a mini-missile,) but some scenes were wholly unbelievable and unbearable (like when the Punisher punches his fist through a guy's face.

Punisher: War Zone is a bad film featuring way-too-over-the-top villains, mostly dull acting, and action so violent and explicitly disgusting that I can't believe this movie didn't get an NC-17 rating for it.

I really liked Ray Stevenson in Rome (and I was confident he could deliver a really compelling Punisher -- and he did).

My only praise to this "film" is that the action scenes were very good and actually kept me from falling asleep.

I KNOW that Frank Castle is a one of the scions of vigilante justice, but the stunning amount of gore will really turn some off.

Go refill yourself with ample adrenaline with this redbull!

Not only is his mode of transformation and rebirth similar to Nicholson's, but Jigsaw has the same lunatic nature as the Joker, and is an entertaining villain.

2) The plot is boring and consistently predictable.

It's fascinating to see actors I like in a really stupid film.

You get a predictable script, that is totally unbelievable and ridiculous at times.

It was either an easy shoot for Alexander or too many lazy days bored on set hoping the the next project wasn't this bad.

Its not an Oscar film, thank god, but it is entertaining and most importantly it is what the Punisher on film is supposed to be.

There are a few gory shots involved like heads being shot off and things like that but the story itself is again a bit weak and predictable.

This has awesome guns and is enjoyable all the way if you know what to expect.

The series reboot, starring Thomas Jane, seemed so uninteresting, I didn't even consider watching it.

Directed by Lexi Alexander (Hooligans) made an entertaining, violent, fast-paced action/ thriller.

Honestly, one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

The story in this movie is pretty clichéd, but it was still enjoyable because of the pacing and the action.

Dolph Lundgren's movie almost had the right idea, and the Tom Jane movie was completely unwatchable.

Dominic West was pointless.

Punisher warzone doesn't fail to entertain,with an interesting plot and a action packed adventure you'll want to keep your eyes on the screen until the very end.

" Ray Stephenson was intense, and the violence and brutality made me smile to think that Lionsgate's name was on it.

This shootout has two unexpected consequences unseen by our heroic vigilante: an undercover FBI agent was killed in the fray, and under-boss Billy Russoti (Dominic West) is left horribly disfigured, later becoming the sadistic master criminal "Jigsaw," obsessed with hunting down the man responsible for his disfigurement.

The Punisher deserves better than this unoriginal, inaccurate, cliché-ridden script.

You can argue with me all day, but am I really the only one who was bored out of his mind?

Nothing special,but entertaining and much better than I expected .

The problem with this however is that with all this exuberant characterisation going on over the other side of the moral pool, we are left wondering when Frank is going to stop moping around and be just as compelling.

Three action scenes separated by over half the run-time of pointless talking scenes and pointless, cheesy drama scenes.

When it's done right, violence can be entertaining, humorous, or just plain cool.

Based on the popular Marvel Comics anti-hero, War Zone is the third movie about the Punisher, the previous efforts being the very entertaining and under-rated The Punisher (1989) starring Dolph Lundgren, and the recent 2004 film in which Thomas Jane played the character.

I know this is what the punisher is supposed to do but this is boring compared to Thomas Jane who played a way better punisher.

The first movie I ever walked out of (possible spoilers) .

At some point I thought the movie reminded me of Dark Knight, with the thundering musical score accompanying overviews of a nighttime city and strong, complex, crudely drawn out characters.

The action, albeit good and entertaining, was way over the top, and at many times pointless.

It's unapologetically a dumb but fun violent action film and I really enjoyed it.

The comic books are inside the punisher's head, you're taking the ride with him, we might as well have been watching a cardboard cutout here, the whole film was utterly pointless, almost every aspect apart from the cinematography completely missed the mark.

As it was, however, the film jumped from genuinely entertaining to laughably bad at an alarming pace, never really living up to the promise of its strong opening.

Sadly the Punisher: War Zone, barely touches any of those story elements and instead gives us a 90 minute shoot out with little or no story worth remembering 5 minutes after the viewing experience is over.

The actors playing the two lead cops are boring and their characters are complete wastes of time.

The action felt tired, predictable and un-imaginative.

If you're looking for a good comic book movie then watch The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, or Spider-man 2 because at least they're entertaining which makes them worth your time.

This is a gripping story of one man's revenge.

The Punisher: War Zone is a dour vigilante action vehicle that fails to rise up above a dreary actioner chewed up by a soulless script and an unpolished portrayal of the titular hero.

I personally think that they only tried to see how violent and intense they could make this movie.

If ever there was a story in this poor waste of my time called a movie, it was lost in the random passionate scenes between Castle and the little girl who's father he killed...

Julie Benz is completely monotone as Angela and Dominic West gives an over-the-top Jigsaw that is hard to take serious.

As Frank Castle, Jane brooded like a Black Hole on the edge of space.

It's so ridiculously slow I was ready to walk out more than once.

But after u stumbled upon a interview with Lexi Alexander (She did Green Street Hooligans) & read Paton Oswalts Essay in support of this movie i gave it another shot and when i watched it with a non hateful view i realized all it is, is a Punisher comic brought to the screen and i enjoyed it!

Yet even for the simple purpose of cinematic escapism, "War Zone" sets the bar extremely low, plodding from heavy-handed exposition to yawnsome action scenes (despite Alexander's frenetic camera choreography, they fail to raise much excitement), trapping familiar faces like Dominic West and Julie Benz in the uninspired muck.

The familiar scenes about his memories are very intense, as well as his relation with the familiar drama he is casually involved.

In the beginning, they set the totally bad-ass tone for Punisher: Warzone and kept pumping the adrenaline of audiences for some time, until the movie slows down and we're into the side stories.

It is like "The Room" of action movies, but trust me, this movie is WAAAAAAY more entertaining the room, and it is WAAAAAY funnier than the room.

Overall I think that this film is an entertaining film to watch.

The film flowed very nicely and had made sense which is very important in a film that is this fast paced.

It's so repetitive...

Every cliché you could possibly think of is on display here.

No sympathy, no heart, no story.

He's quiet, brooding, intense and very much insane.

The music was intense and fitting, the accents were HARDLY distracting.

I recognize that this movie is crap, but is like McDonald's or Burger King's food: shi**y but enjoyable.

Fortunately,that publishing house has shown good predisposition to improve their film mistakes and,as well as we had a much better Hulk on the second attempt,another creative team had the opportunity to make another Punisher film,and the result was not a great film,but entertaining and enormously superior to the previous film.

They never had pointless, cliché talking and drama sequences.

Don't waste your time on this eyesore.

-worst acting ever -punisher said 3 lines in the whole movie -super anticlimactic -every set looked like a warehouse -no story at all -can't even see his SKULL!!

It was predictable and B-movie-esquire.

If you are looking for an exciting, gut wrenching and certainly bullet ridden film with bodies flying everywhere, this is your movie.

This movie is very entertaining, and if you aren't a comic book fan boy, you will love this movie.

Frank (The Punisher) pulls all kinds of stupid stunts just to make the movie more entertaining or whatever.