Dec 22, 2008

The Punisher (2004)

Second in line, Thomas Jane's The Punisher film that ignores the previous Dolph Lundgren casting, this film deviates from not only the prior motion picture but even more so from the source material of the revenge-laden comics. I remember vividly when Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was released. I remember the swollen red faces of fans when they saw that Galactus has been transformed into a purple cloud. Well, Jonathan Hensleigh has turned a vengeful devil into Smokey the Bear.

In an interview with UGO, Thomas Jane explained that his interest in The Punisher was derived from the intention of it being similar to Taxi Driver. Of course, this pretentious statement led to not only a film so disappointingly lacking action, but a film whose emotional depth can be represented by a puddle on the side of the road. Should I even bother to bring about the Punisher's logo and its point of origin? The only surprising facet of this film is the brutal paper slicer death scene which took long enough to build up to. Just when you think that Thomas Jane's acting can't get worse, John Travolta is flamboyantly introduced into the happy family.

The Punisher takes the male's fascination of muscle cars and creates an inanimate object into a major player that attempts to steal the scenes with its horsepower. This Punisher plays out more like Robin Hood with bumbling tenant sidekicks that cater to the countercultures with an irritating character with a plethora of facial piercings. It wouldn't be until the year 2008 where a Punisher film would strive for a beauteous art direction that appeals to fans of the comics and an absolute demonstration of what Max Payne attempted to do.

The only sadist viewpoint form this film is the fundamental Castle family slaughter. Not only does Frank's family get murdered by New Jersey Guido's, but near every guest at his party gets massacred by a sea of machine gun fire. Thomas Jane does the legend of The Punisher no justice at all and only clutters the gene pool of Marvel adaptations. Thank God that the sequel to this didn't hold tact. I guess we have to thank Jane's adamant stubbornness on account of this film failing as a Taxi Driver clone.

The Punisher (2004) is a swift kick in the nuts of Punisher fans. The naked truth's that none of the crew or cast has read a Punisher comic book and this is plainly manifested in a venomous format for none to enjoy. I've heard comments before following these guidelines - "Well. I'm not a fan of the comic book but I think the film did well as a standalone.. *shrugs*- It's this kind of response that makes my stomach churns. Shit will always be shit. Nothing you say or do can prove this film to be of substantial quality. This is a far cry from Dolph Lundgren's Punisher which spent more time with personalization rather than tedious subplots.



Anonymous said...

Unfortunately myself and other people are just now learning how fucking awesome the new Punisher movie is just as it is being taken from theaters due to the fact that this movie was total fucking bullshit. Who the fuck would want to see a sequel to this piece of shit is what goes through ones head. Little did I know I just missed my chance to see a gore fest on the big screen that would match Rambo. Hollywood can fuck up a grilled cheese sandwich. Why not just have "TOTAL GORE FEST" as the tagline? This movie and the 80s one are total shit, hell I don't ever remember caring about the comic either, but I would love to see the new movie but its already out of theaters (all R rated films are out of the only chain left in existence, Malco, and filled with PG/G rated shit for the Holiday season).

Soiled Sinema said...

I'm reviewing War Zone next and you are correct, It is intensely badass.

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of the punisher comics and I loved this movie.

Oh and in regards to shit, maybe consider that THE NAM had a visit from Frank Castle too, so the comic books aren't exactly far removed from the crap you just spew all over this movie.

Soiled Sinema said...


This Punisher film still is a pathetic attempt at a translation of the comic. The "crap I spew" is justified. As were his few killings in this film.


What part of the Popsicle torture scene exacted by the "Punisher" didn't seem right?

Oh yeah. The entire situation.

Anonymous said...

The popsicle torture scene was taken directly from the comics.