Well, here I am, back at it again. It’s been awhile, but I think it is once again time for a little taste of Nathan’s perspective. And a taste you will get…I got a few reviews comin at ya within the next little while.
But let’s take this one step at a time, shall we? The Punisher: War Zone was in no way what you would call a classy movie, what with an F-bomb every few minutes and people getting graphically slaughtered left and right. No, this was definitely more of a movie you’d watch with the guys than a movie you’d take you’re girlfriend too (unless she’s into that kind of thing).
And I’m not saying that this was a bad movie. I mean, it for sure could’ve used less language and maybe a little stronger storyline, but not really. I mean, that’s what the Punisher does… he punishes. And that, in large part, is what was going down. I also think they should’ve stuck with Tom Jane as the Punisher and that story, but Ray Stevenson did a good job. And especially if you go in with the mindset of “Ok, this isn’t really Punisher 2, but a different Punisher kind of” then it’s all good.
The basic premise of the movie is that the Punisher, ex-special ops FBI agent who now punishes the people who deserve it after his family was killed, is methodically taking down the crime families of New York City. He runs into the new head cheese of the one family, Billy Russoti, and thinks he kills him by pushing him into a glass bottle crusher… and turning it on. But Billy, renamed Jigsaw for the plastic surgery done on his face, comes back with a vengeance. Long story short, he recruits an army, of mobsters and gang bangers and people of the like, the Punisher does what he does best, and…well you get the picture.
This movie, I think, was a little over the top. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it quite a lot, but some things I think were almost to the point of ridiculous. Like in the first 10 minutes or so the Punisher slaughters a whole house full of mobsters. People are getting capped left and right, they’re getting their head cut off or shanked, and then he tops it off by hanging upside down from a chandelier and spinning, spraying the room in gunfire. Or where he blows up a guy in mid-flip from one rooftop to another with an RPG. That, however, was hilarious, because you don’t expect it at all and it just looks so funny. And all I’m gonna say is “How’d he get in there so fast!!??” Watch it and you’ll know what I mean.
Overall though, this movie was actually pretty good. Despite the language and the rediculousness.