Somehow, this is the third ridiculous movie made about Frank Castle, best known as The Punisher.
The original, 1989 production starred Dolph Lundgren; from there, we were treated to the 2004, which featured Thomas Jane, John Travolta and not a single redeeming feature.
So what made the creators of Punisher: War Zone think audiences would want a third chance to see Castle seek revenge for the murder of his family? We have no idea.
In this version, The Punisher is on the prowl inNew York City, as he has been for four years, killing mean men from his underground lair. Now, finally, he's getting around to wiping out what appear to be hundreds of members of a crime family whose head has once again escaped conviction by murdering a witness.
As he goes about his killing business, though, Castle accidentally ends the life of an undercover FBI agent, which earns him the hatred of the dead man’s widow, played by Julie Benz, who we love in Dexter but who deserves better than this lame role.
The level of violence in the movie is off the charts (as is the number of failed attempts at humor). It's rare for more than five minutes to go by without someone's head exploding.
It's not so much that we mind randon acts of violence or disdain action movies. It's just that this idea is so unoriginal that we can't fathom why anyone would line up to see a remake of two movies that didn't fare well to begin with.