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The Punisher (DVD)
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The Punisher (DVD)
Date: 28/08/01, updated on 28/08/01 (105 review reads)
Advantages: It's based on a reasonably good comics character
Disadvantages: It's not as good as the comic
THE PUNISHER is based on a character from Marvel Comics. Back in the 1980s, Marvel had little luck with making successful movies from their comics, whereas their major competitor, DC, was streets ahead, with Superman being a very successful movie series and, when this movie was released, Tim Burton's new version of BATMAN making quite a splash too.
THE PUNISHER stars Dolph Lundgren as Frank Castle. Castle used to be a cop, but his family was murdered by criminals, and now he's a vigilante waging war on the crime world, known as, surprise surprise, 'The Punisher'.
In the comics, the charatacter looks very stylish. He has a black costume with a large skull on the front. Here that stylish costume is replaced, but not by anything interesting. Instead he just wears black leather. Hey, that's original. Not only is the costume changed but so is the character. The comics has Castle as an embittered Vietnam veteran, with lots of connections with the underground, but here all that is thrown out of the window.
Dolph Lundgren is not a particularly good actor, but he is a beefcake, and that is all that the role of Frank Castle requires him to be. As such, he acquits himself well, with the best scenes being when he is racing along on his motorcycle.
So, did I enjoy this movie? Well it's OK with some popcorn, so long as you don't expect something special. It's an OK action movie - nothing more, nothing less. It's just a shame that it takes away the best things about the character. Why couldn't they just have made the movie with another character name and not gone against the things that make 'The Punisher' the character that he is?