Before Marvel movies became the hip thing to do in the cinema world, there were films that they were releasing that weren’t that great. For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, we are checking out one of those films in The Punisher which starred Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) as Frank Castle, the cop who goes for vengeance after his family is murdered. You see it has been five years since the supposed death of Frank Castle and his family and someone known as The Punisher is taking out mobsters left and right. Only one cop (Louis Gossett Jr.) believes that The Punisher is Frank Castle and he is going after to Frank. Meanwhile the city is in chaos ever since he started murdering mobsters and the Japanese Yakuza are moving in, but it’s up to Frank to stop them. The film also stars Jeroen Krabbé (The Living Daylights) as Gianni Franco, Kim Miyori (The Grudge 2) as Lady Tanaka, Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby) as Shake, Brian Marshall (The Spy Who Loved Me) as Dino Moretti, Nancy Everhard (The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk) as Sam, Todd Boyce (Spy Game) as Terrone, and the film was directed by Mark Goldblatt (Dead Heat). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:
Yeah let’s start this paragraph off by looking at the stats of this film. Frank Castle has about 63 kills in the film and that’s me low balling a little because one scene it was hard to tell who was killing who. All we know about his origin story is that he was a cop whose family was murdered by the mob. He has no love interest in the film because his wife and kids were murdered and he’s out for revenge. The big boss is defeated in the film and you’ll have to watch for yourself. The thing about this film and why it was probably a failure, is that it was just cheesy and sometimes it didn’t make sense. Why would he team up with a mobster he wants to kill in order to rescue that mobsters son? My other problem with the film lies in the make up department, they are getting some heat from me. What is going on with the way Frank Castle looks? He is alive and he is not a zombie! Throughout the film he gets progressively worse looking like he is the undead coming back for revenge. I will give Dolph credit because he is the first man to portray Frank Castle in anything live action related. Although, this did mark the second franchise that he starred in that failed (Masters Of The Universe). It’s not a terrible film, but it’s not amazing either. Just think Punisher: Warzone violence with less money for special effects. I am going to give the film 2 fists out of five for a final grade.