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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Weak Adaptation Of a Great Comic!

    This has not been the first time that 'Punisher' has made it into film. The original was a film so bad that it was released straight to video. In 2004, when Marvel is making lots and lots of money making films from comic books, the 'Punisher' appears. The film is about a retired FBI Agent that seeks revenge after his whole family is murdered. It begins with an FBI operation led by and agent named Frank Castle that went wrong and an unlucky person caught in the ring of fire was killed. It turns out that the person was the son of a famous mobster. The mobster seeks revenge by having every person in the agent's family while he is at a family reunion. He is believed killed as well but comes back to seek revenge. He becomes the 'Punisher' and befriends with three people in an old rundown apartment. Now these three people serve no basis in the movie at all. They don't really aid the 'Punisher' in any way. One helps when he is injured but he could have helped himself easily. They are all dead weight. Honestly, this movie is a let down. It is an improvement over the original, but little has been improved. Most of the actors perform horribly in this movie. Some of these actors like Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Will Patton, Thomas Jane, and John Travolta do okay jobs of beign believable. The plot at times makes little sense. The does not seem to pull off much action for a character like the Punisher. The flm is toned down from the comics but stills pulls off an R-rating. It seems like a kids movie to be honest. The Punisher reveals himself to the public a little ways into the movie. That may seem like a plot giveaway but it really isn't. Why does he do that? This just lets his enemies know he is a threat since he is alive. Why would Howard Saint(the evil mobster) let his family go out into the public with the Punisher loose on the streets. The film has very little violence for a violent character like the Punisher. Sometimes, it is good to change characters in a comic book when coming to film (like the first two 'Batman' films which went for a darker look from the graphic novels instead of the light toned comic books). However that doesn't work here. The Marvel character had such great ideas in being adapted from the comic book. They chose only 1 comic book to inspire the film instead of drawing ideas from many. That was a mistake. They should have made the movie more violent in order to keep the essence of the comic book. The film is like a cross between 'Batman & Robin' and 'Death Wish.' The film promises punishment. That is true but the punisher is the movie and anyone watching the movie is the punishee.

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