I'm glad I'm not the only one who found the movie to be really terrible. I did try to give it a chance since I started reading the comics after the 2004 film. and I had an idea what warzone would be like from watching the trailers but I didn't think it would go beyond my expectations of horrible. Was it supposed to be a comedy?
I don't have a problem with violence but the visceral and blood were flying happily and freely from the beginning and throughout most of the film that it really got to be BORING and mindless by the time the finale happened. There was no buildup to the final fight as they didn't believe in leaving anything up to the imagination. I don't recall much of a story or any of the supporting characters as much as I recall the exploding heads and faces being caved in like doughnuts. It just gets so cartoonish after a certain point that you can't take the movie seriously anymore and there's nothing else left to do but laugh. By the time the Punisher faces Jigsaw, you just feel so desensitized by the blood and guts that were already being thrown around prior that when it ends you just think: oh. another death by perforation.
It felt like most of the film was about Jigsaw and his brother Looney Bin Jim and how stupid they were. I don't understand when they walk in slo-mo toward the widow's house. Was it intended to be cool? Because it was the most ridiculous and cliche thing they could have ever put in the film which was already bad enough. There's a part where Looney Bin Jim breaks and flips into all the mirrors at a hotel while a nu metal track plays in the background because jigsaw felt ugly. I think that scene just sums up how the rest of the film played out.
I read that a lot of people claim that Warzone is a lot closer to the origin of the comics. Why? Because it's set in New York? That's fine but if they're going to set the movie in New York, at least have it feel like it's New York. The accents were hard to listen to. They sounded like they were all trying to do their best impressions of a sopranos episode. You'd think the actors who played the villains would research it a little more since you have to listen to them for 90% of the movie. Not all new yorkers have to sound like they're from Staten Island or Brooklyn.
The 2004 version only featured one storyline from Garth Ennis and a few of the characters from the same storyline. Warzone features so many characters from the Max comics whose story arcs have nothing to do with the other that I don't see the point they had in including them in the film. There wasn't anything there to make you care for the protagonists. I guess Micro was a likable character but you don't see much of him and he's thrown out at the end. They attempted to make frank castle seem human around the little girl but if you can really kill so many people that the reports would fill up a whole basement in a new york city precinct in the short span of four years, would there be any humanity left to you at all?
I'm sorry. I didn't like Detective Soap and he doesn't work on screen. He was a silly character in the Marvel Knights stories and hard to believe. The few stories that I remember of him in the comics is when he gets drunk in a bar and ends up sleeping with a woman that's insinuated to be his mother and then he ends up being a porn star at the end of confederacy of dunces. That alone should prove that the character doesn't belong on film. When he whines his last line out at the end of Warzone it just feels so awkward that you have to accept Punisher Warzone as a parody because it can't be anything else but that. Sorry if I offend anyone.