The Punisher (2004)

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An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.


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Director:

Jonathan Hensleigh

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh, Michael France

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4 November 2005 | ccthemovieman-1
8
| A Pleasant Surprise
I was surprised how good this movie was, not stupid as I figured. It's another one of those based-on-a-comic book hero films that seem to be popular nowadays (Hellboy, Batman, Sin City, Spiderman, Superman, etc.)

However, this was the not the cartoon-like film I expected. It was more of a pretty brutal revenge-crime movie. It's a rough movie, pure and simple.

Believable? Of course not. Some of the action is ludicrous but the most ridiculous of all - the fight against the huge Russian, is actually the most fun of the action scenes. The rest is just plain mean as the hero's entire family gets wiped out by gunman and "The Punisher" (Thomas Jane) goes after them after almost being killed himself.

A smart aspect of this film was inserting a bit of humor in it, such as the two nerds down the hallway who befriend "The Punisher."

The sometimes-juvenile but interesting action scenes, the diverse characters in here and the humor all combine to make this better than anticipated.

No, it's anything but a thinking man's movie, but it IS entertaining and harmless if you look at everything tongue-in-cheek.

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Trivia

Shooting in Tampa was a double-edged sword. On one hand, the city's downtown area has no residential areas so it would be completely emptied out by the end of the working day - ideal for a film crew. But the city is also prone to lightning storms that roll in suddenly and very violently. The summer that the film crew shot in Tampa was the city's wettest since 1890.


Quotes

Bobby Saint: So I'm gonna get a three-to-one return on my money?
Micky Duka: Otto is the real deal. I met him at a hash bar in Amsterdam. He speaks Russian, German, Arabic...


Goofs

(at around 4 mins) In the initial FBI bust sequence, the drug dealer is holding a gun at his side and pacing around. When he finally acts, he reaches into his jacket to pull out the gun that he was already holding out in the shots before.


Crazy Credits

The Marvel Comics logo features comic-book images of the Punisher in its pages; after it fully forms, it is shot three times and "bleeds" white paint which forms the Punisher's skull, and the film's title.


Alternate Versions

Extended edition DVD also includes an animated prologue of Castle and Weeks in Kuwait during Desert Storm, where Castle saves Weeks' life and prohibits another soldier from summarily executing two captured guerrillas


Soundtracks

Eyes Wired Shut
Written by Matt Moseman, Rick Wolking, Justin Middleton, Jeremy Rees, and Micah Creel
Published by One Precious Publishing and Wallachi Music Publishing, LLC (BMI)
All rights adm. by Wallachi Music Publishing, LLC (BMI)
Performed by Edgewater
Courtesy of Wind-up Records

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Genres

Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

16 April 2004

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA, Germany

Filming Locations

Florida, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,000,000 18 April 2004

Gross USA:

$33,810,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,700,105

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