If you are anything like me — and I hope that you are, because being like me is awesome in a can — then your loyalty to Thomas Jane as The Punisher is going to probably prevent you from being at all interested in this new incarnation, Lionsgate’s Punisher: War Zone. Directed by kickboxer turned Oscar nominated short filmmaker Lexi Alexander and starring Ray Stevenson of “Rome” fame as Frank Castle, War Zone picks up where the last film left off, following the infamous vigilante as he racks up the body count.
And putting aside from my loyalty to Mr. Jane and his very solid depiction of Castle in 2004’s The Punisher, I will say that this trailer isn’t doing much of anything for me. The dialogue seems forced and the action is very run-of-the-mill. As well, Stevenson does not have that Punisher feel to him.
In its defense though, this is only 1 minute of mixed clips from a film that will end up being at least 90 minutes long, so it is by no means a complete picture. The good news is that the film also stars Dominic West, who was very good in 300, it was written in part by the same guys (Matt Holloway and Arthur Marcum) who wrote Iron Man and it is under the watchful eye of producers Gale Ann Hurd and Avi Arad, who are two for two this summer with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. It should be noted, however, that while Punisher is a Marvel property, this film is not being produced by Marvel Studios. It is under the often up and down guidance of Lionsgate — and aside from the Saw franchise and the Crank franchise, they have not been really knocking off our collective socks in the past few years.
So as you can see, I am back and forth, up and down, totally not interested yet curious at the same time about Punisher: War Zone. Such a conflicted state should be reserved for more interesting films, I know, but this is all I have at the moment. I am, by all measures, interested to see what all of you have to say about the trailer, which can be seen below thanks to the folks over at IGN.
Watch the teaser for Punisher: War Zone:
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