When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as the Punisher.
Dolph Lundgren stars as some guy named Frank who's family gets blown up in a car bombing and he decides to become a vigilante. He's called the Punisher, but hes too stupid to wear a black shirt with a skull. Instead he wears leather pants and a leather biker coat. He lives in the sewers like a homeless Batman, drives around on a motorcycle and has a drunk homeless English sidekick. He kills mobsters, and other criminals while being pursued by his old partner Luis Gosset Jr.
The plot involves the Yakuza coming to take over the drug trade in Canada, I mean New York. Side note, we can tell when a New York movie is not filmed in New York people. Anyway, the Yakuza kidnap all the kids of the New York Canadian mob families and threaten to kill them unless they agree to work for the Yakuza. The Punisher without the skull shirt, must stop them. He even teams up with the mob at the end to take the Yakuza down.
Is this a good Punisher film? You bet! Dolph is great, the action is very violent, and over the top. The film, although low budget is actually well made. Had Dolph worn the Skull shirt he would have had the best People film out there. I would recommend any action fan watch this one.
And now, thanks to the great folks over at Umbrella Entertainment you can now watch it on Blu-ray, fully uncut. Yes all the blood and gore cut from the US releases is here in all it's glory, along with these special features
(1). THE PUNISHER (Unrated) feature
(2). AUDIO COMM w/ MARK GOLDBLATT (Unrated Cut)
(3). THE PUNISHER (Goldblatt Workprint)
(4). 'VIOLENCE DOWN UNDER': NEW INTERVIEW WITH MARK GOLDBLATT
(5). 'VENGEANCE IS HIS': NEW INTERVIEW WITH DOLPH LUNDGREN
(6). GAG REEL
(8). REVERSIBLE COVER ART FEATURING NEWLY COMISSIONED ARTWORK
Great movie, great extras, and a great looking Blu-ray. Definitely a must own
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars