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November 14, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | November 14, 2008 |

Hey Y’all! So, I’m totally confused about something, and maybe you can help me out. The original Punisher movie predates our site by a few months, so I had absolutely no reason to know anything about it. I never saw it, nor knew anything about it. So, I’m completely oblivious when it comes to The Punisher. From a limited bit of research, however, I’ve surmised that 1) the original Punisher made a meager $33 million on a $33 million budget, and that Thomas Jane was title character. Also, the reviews were terrible. There was also apparently a 1989 version starring Dolph Lundgren, but it appears that the 2004 version was not a sequel, just a reboot.

So, here’s where my confusion resides: Punisher: War Zone is a sequel to a shitty movie that did poorly at the box-office and cast a completely different guy in the role of the Punisher, a guy (Ray Stevenson) who is probably even lower on the totem pole than Thomas Jane. And they’re opening it in December. And there are no other wide releases opening against it. What the fuck is going on? Is there actually some interest in Punisher: War Zone, besides the fact that Dominic West is in it? This movie has Wayne Knight and Dash Mihok in it — how did it not go straight to DVD. How does it get a cushy weekend all too itself? Am I missing something?

I tell you what else: The teaser trailer doesn’t clear up any of the confusion. I mean, besides the fact that — less than a month before its release — it still doesn’t have a full-length trailer, they apparently couldn’t even cobble together anything better than this for a minute-long teaser is baffling.

Or maybe I’m wrong. Perhaps there’s a vast geek audience that’s been clamoring for this movie since the 2004 flick. But if such an audience exists, it’s flown way the hell under my radar. Help me out here, y’all. Enlighten me.

Here’s the teaser:

Educate Me, My Geek Brethren / Dustin Rowles

Trailers | November 14, 2008 |

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