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The Punisher (DVD)
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The Punisher (DVD)
Advantages: Keeps you entertained
Disadvantages: Travolta as the bad guy?
Ok firstly, this is a review simply on the film itself as I have never picked up one of the comics.
Released in 2004, this film stars Tom Jane (oh yum!) playing Frank Castle. Frank has just retired from being an FBI Agent. The opening scenes show him in his last undercover operation, in which a young man is killed.
It transpires that this man is Bobby Saint, son of the notorious Howard Saint. When Howard hears of his son's death he orders that the man responsible is killed. His wife however has other ideas and orders that his entire family is murdered.
Meanwhile Frank is at a family reunion happily relaxing with his family, when Howards mob descend upon the party and kill every family member including his wife and son. Frank is shot and left for dead but... who would have guessed it? He pulls through!
He becomes determind to find who is responsible for killing his family and makes his sole purpose to punish them.
Not spoiling the plot so that is all you are getting.
This is the first time I have come across Tom Jane and found him brilliant (and beautiful!!!). He plays a totally cut up man who, when he is isn't delivering a good beating, is drinking himself into oblivion trying to forget the pains of his past.
I love the fact that he isn't all outright brutal but actually very clever in the way he gets his revenge. It's not simply about kicking ass (although there is plenty of it), its more about being clever, sly and manipulating people.
John Travolta plays Howard Saint and I am not 100% sure on him being the bad guy...He is a great actor but I just don't feel this role suited him particularly well. He is enthusiastic enough he seems a little over the top. I think it was a bad casting choice, there are much better candidates for this role.
All in all I found it a good film and watch it often. It's nothing outstanding but will keep you entertained for a few hours.
Summary: Give it a watch...