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The Punisher: War Zone

Posted by Hedwig on April 22, 2009

Time for good intentions, once again: write something, anything, even if it’s just one sentence, about every movie you see. Might have picked a better time than the day after the b/f’s birthday, but there you have it.

One of the many great features of the Onion A.V. club is “I watched this on purpose”, wherein a staff writer watches a movie (s)he knows will probably be terrible, but which holds a certain allure anyway. In the most recent one (concerning Max Payne, ironically also a movie about a guy who goes nuts after his wife and kid are killed), there was a very true quote, courtesy of Josh Modell:

Action movies can be stupid, and that’s okay. Action movies can be completely implausible, and that’s generally a plus. One thing action movies should never, ever be is boring

.. and that’s basically what’s wrong with The Punisher: War Zone. I can’t quite pinpoint why it’s actively boring instead of just a serviceable, entertaining-enough action flick. Ray Stevenson has the right head for the part, Jigsaw has the promise to be a funny-enough villain… But, aside from a few moments (there’s a nice touch with a shotgun), after a while the fight scenes began to drag and even the b/f thought it was mediocre (pull-quote: “wow. This makes me realize that Taken was actually pretty ok”).

Tomorrow: probably a rom-com like He’s just not that into you. What can I say, I’m picky (and attending a “ladies’ night”).


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