Punisher: Warzone (2008) short review
Directed by Lexi Alexander
So I revisited Punisher : Warzone again- I only watched it twice before some time ago, now it felt right to revisit it again…
What I liked about this one was the fact that The Punisher looked a lot more like the one from the comics, although I never read any of them, I know what he looks like(sure, there are different Punishers in the comics, too). One version looks a lot like a normal Marvel Superhero, in a costume that would look pretty silly in a real life action film. Like Wolverine, cannot picture a Wolverine movie with him in that yellow suit…
This Punisher outing contains extreme amounts of bloody violence, which is presented in pretty entertaining fashion. Some of the scenes made my jaw drop, watching it for the first time…some awesome stuff in there. Ray Stevenson was the perfect guy to play the Punisher, in my humble opinion. He just kicked some serious ass in this. Yet I screamed at the screen, when he fought Jigsaw towards the end, he had all opportunities to finish him off, but didn`t.
Maybe they were eyeing a sequel to this? Anyway, that felt just wrong. Again, I don`t know any of the comics, maybe there the story goes further and therefore they opted not to kill him? Feel free to enlighten me about that. The thing about why he became the Punisher was handled with a few flashbacks, just like the Punisher with Lundgren, they opted to not bore us with a happy family at the beginning of the movie that gets killed and shows him becoming the Punisher. Anybody familiar with the Punisher would sit there, “yeah, yeah-we know-happy family gets killed…get to the action already.”
I felt like Jigsaw was what the Joker is to Batman, even their origins are quite similar, face fucked up –thirst for revenge is the result. It wasn`t all serious, and I`m fine with that.
It was very entertaining, a perfect 90 minutes actioner. Funny that it took a female director to unleash the most brutal Punisher movie yet. Lundgren rules, but his Punisher lacked the right outfit. Both combined would make it pretty perfect.