The Punisher

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  124 min.
Release Date: April 16, 2004
DVD: September 7, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 3.34
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Cast: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Will Patton, Roy Scheider, Laura Elena Harring, Ben Foster, Samantha Mathis, Rebecca Romijn


FBI special agent Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) is finally moving out of the field and into a normal life with his wife, Maria (Samantha Mathis) and their young son. On his final assignment, the operation spins out of control and a young man, Bobby Saint, is inadvertently killed.

Inflamed by the death of their son, Tampa businessman Howard Saint (John Travolta) and his wife, Livia, whose wealth is linked to violent beginnings and underworld ties, are willing to risk their newfound legitimacy on a mission of vengeance. Castle's worst nightmare is about to come true, as Howard Saint and his lieutenants unleash hell at the Castle family reunion.

Castle's wife and son are killed, and experience tells him the law cannot adequately penalize the people who murdered his family. In planning his revenge, he realizes his life's work. As The Punisher, he will provide justice for ordinary people and exact retribution from society's villains.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Gale Anne Hurd, Avi Arad
Screenplay: Jonathan Hensleigh, Michael France
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  • 3 stars "it could have been sooo much better"