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This week's reviewed movie is:
Punisher: War Zone




Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber


I've always been a fan of good old-fashioned horror slice-and-dice films, but this one is made so well for a bad movie -- it's disgusting.

What makes this work so well is the sadistic creativity of all the gore and special effects, which are top notch.

You might just say this is like Saw 5 with good acting and a story.

To cut right to the chase -- or the jugular -- Punisher: War Zone is made for slasher hard-core movie fans only.

And don't bring the ladies.

So for myself and all the sicko fans, scissors up.

Frank Castle is the Punisher, a well-armed one-man vigilante team with an axe to grind (and he uses that as well).

He kills, decapitates, and eviscerates anyone who gets in his way to bring the evil Jigsaw (no, not THAT Jigsaw; this is another one) to ultimate, violent justice.

As slasher films go, this one is a sadistic romp with a high level of gore.

But as a comic book adaptation (presented for the third time on the silver screen), it completely misses the mark.

However, it does have the second-coolest pencil stunt filmed this year: "Now I have brains splattered all over me!"

This is Marvel Comics' third attempt to bring the Punisher to the big screen.

The story is a senseless vigilante tale about a one-man war on the world of organized crime.

This picture is a dark, gloomy, and unpleasant film and (in my view) a waste of time and talent.

The movie tries to humanize the star by providing him with a burden of grief over an accidental shooting, but this part of the plot never works for me and I found there's no way to excuse the brutal violence and gore that goes on throughout the flick.

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