Parents' Guide to

Punisher: War Zone

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent vigilante comic book story is gory, grim stuff.

Movie R 2008 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 2+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Really good movie depending on your taste in movies

What i really liked about this movie was that the hardcore violence in this dark antihero movie based on the comic where a kid can climb on walls and shoot web made really gory was awesome! Its constant action the way a superhero movie should be sometimes. Dont get me wrong jon bernthal was amazing on Netflix, but you camt watch it in a couple hours it drags on and i wanted to show my brothers about punisher. So i showed them this movie! We enjoy constant action and although i loved netflixs daredevil and punisher, id like to watch marvel movies with my brother and dad and hate that i cant go to the theaters to see a punisher movie evwr again because punisher will probably stay on television. The rating is about pg-13 or 14. It is bloody but thats what the ratimg had to be to be bloody. Not really anything nasty like deadpool which i loved but can only watch alone or with spouse. Other than them mentioning hookers and the bad guy calling that little girl jailbait which just shows what a sick man he really is with no morals.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (14):

There's no denying the vim, verve, and energy that director Lexi Alexander (Hooligans) brings to Punisher: War Zone; there's also no denying the movie's extreme gore and violence. This film marks the third time that The Punisher's come to the big screen -- previous iterations have starred Dolph Lundgren and Thomas Jane -- and unrepentant fans of hardcore action cinema will enjoy it. In many ways, the filmmakers were even right to make the film so over-the-top; a sanitized, PG-13 version of a film about a semi-insane vigilante who murders criminals might be even more upsetting than the atomized flesh and spraying blood on display here.

Stevenson is easily watchable in the lead role -- tormented when he needs to be, lightning-fast and unhesitant when in action. And West (best known for his work on The Wire) grimaces, giggles, and glowers out from under disgusting make-up and prosthetics as the mutilated villain, who goes by the name "Jigsaw" (in many ways, Jigsaw is a modern -- and disgusting -- nod to classic Dick Tracy villains like Flatop, the Brow, and other deformed, demented pulp fiction criminals). Punisher: War Zone is going to appeal to a very limited audience of older action fans, but they'll love its high-adrenaline, gore-heavy approach. If you go in expecting the glossy, "biff bang pow!" bloodless action of recent comic book adaptations like Iron Man or Batman Begins, you're going to get a rude, gory awakening.

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