• The Punisher (2004)

The Punisher

Release Date: April 16th, 2004

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

R |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

This dark action film, based on the comic book series, follows FBI agent Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) as he transforms into the vengeful Punisher after criminals murder his family, including his wife and son. Castle is gravely injured in the attack and believed to be dead by Howard Saint (John Travolta), the crime lord who ordered the hit. Following his recovery, Castle becomes a heavily armed vigilante who will stop at nothing to exact revenge on Saint and dismantle his underworld empire.

Cast: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Will Patton, Roy Scheider, Laura Harring, Ben Foster, Samantha Mathis, James Carpinello

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Genres: Action

Production Co: Punisher Productions, Artisan Entertainment, Marvel Enterprises, Partnership Films

Distributors: Lionsgate Films, Summit Entertainment

Keywords: Brooding, 2000s, Pursuit, Murder, Wife, Son, Revenge

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    A tone-deaf muddle that shifts moods more often than its lone wolf vigilante rubs out bad guys, clocking in at a punishingly paced two hours and change. show more

  • 50
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    For such a formulaic vigilante film, The Punisher has a far better cast than it deserves. show more

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Punishes the audience with a flat starring performance; Mr. Jane finds few sparks of life in a hero who wasn't all that lively to begin with.

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