Punisher: War Zone Movie Reviews
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Third time (and second reboot!) is the charm for this character. I wasn't too impressed by Thomas Jane in the last Punisher film and I'm glad he left over "creative differences." Ray Stevenson is the best Frank Castle yet. He's got the grit that Jane never had, and I couldn't take the Dolph Lungren version from the 80s seriously at all.
A complete re-imagining of any franchise is hard--look at how much they struggled to get the Hulk into any kind of an interesting movie. But I like what they've done with the story here. For one thing, it's not yet focused soley on yet another retelling of the character's origin story. We do see that in flashback, but when the movie starts, Castle's already been the Punisher for several years. This means no waiting around for great action scenes, and these are the best in any Punisher movie by far.
Stevenson plays the Punisher with an all-too-believable lack of emotion. How else can the world's most infamous vigilante sleep at night. And yet War Zone provides some depth to the character too, as he struggles with the question of what's worse: crime or his solution to it?
I was expecting Frost/Nixon to be a bit on the boring side. I know with Ron Howard directing and producing I should have known better. What is basically the build up to a conversation between to people builds tension as these two men try to outwit each other and yet still not give anything away. Learning of the maneuverings that went on behind the scenes and the conversations themselves are very enlightening and entertaining. The lengths that both sides went to are amazing.
Frank Langellaâ€™s Nixon is both kind of awkward and yet slightly likable. Kind of weird. But he plays him really well; you donâ€™t see the actor you see Nixon and you get sucked into his character. Same thing with Michael Sheen as Frost, he is believable and fun to watch. The power struggle between the two men and who will give away the most is enthralling; I wouldnâ€™t have thought it could be so entertaining. The sets were great and I always love period pieces with the slightly different clothes and haircuts that just off enough to let you know the time in the movie isnâ€™t current. Based on real events also helps make the past more entertaining than it probably truly was.
This movie is really interesting because of the corollaries you can draw now with our current president. Will he ever do an interview like this? Will this movie persuade him not to do it? Will he take some of the blame for mistakes made during his tenure? This is a great movie that I suggest to everyone.
Ray Stevenson\'s version of Frank Castle definitely looks like an upgrade over lightweight Thomas Jane. Dominic West (who was brilliant in \"The Wire\") gets all scarred up to play an above-average villain. The real surprise is Wayne Knight as Castle\'s second-in-command. He is hardly recognizable from his days on \"Seinfeld,\" and he gets off some dry, funny lines. The action isn\'t as murky as a lot of today\'s actioners.