|THE PUNISHER (director/writer: Mark Goldblatt; screenwriters: Boaz Yakin/based on the Marvel Comic-Book Created by Gerry Conway; cinematographer: Ian Baker; editor: Tim Wellburn; music: Dennis Dreith; cast: Dolph Lundgren (Frank Castle), Louis Gossett, Jr. (Jake Berkowitz), Jeroen Krabbe (Gianni Franco), Kim Miyori (Lady Tanaka), Barry Otto (Shake), Bryan Marshall (Dino Moretti), Nancy Everhard (Sam Leary), Brian Rooney (Tommy Franco); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Robert Kamen; New World Pictures; 1989-Australia)|
maintained a tongue in cheek attitude toward
all the violence and hokum, which made it
comic book lite and easier to take."
by Dennis Schwartz
editor Mark Goldblatt ("Dead Heat")
directs this shot in Sydney venture, that's based
on the Marvel comic book created by Gerry Conway.
The hero crime fighter is a dangerous psychotic, who
is unshaven and dressed in black leather. All the
villains are cartoonishly evil. Boaz Yakin
turns in the over-plotted screenplay. The pic
never received a theatrical release, but word spread
through underground bootleg videos.
best quote of the film comes from a reflective
Punisher, who decries: "I still
talk to God sometimes; I ask him if what I'm doing
is right or wrong. I'm still waiting for an answer
and until I get one I'll be out here, waiting,
watching. The guilty will be punished...".
REVIEWED ON 2/12/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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