THE PU­N­ISHER (2004) GO!, 9.30PM, AV15+, AC­TION

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

This comic-book adap­ta­tion is the se­cond cinematic out­ing for the famed skull shirt-wear­ing Mar­vel hero (fol­low­ing that for­get­table 1990 Aus­tralian-made ef­fort star­ring Dolph Lund­gren). It fea­tures the stoic Thomas Jane ( Hung) as the tit­u­lar avenger, ex-FBI agent Frank Cas­tle, bent on wip­ing out the gang­sters who mur­dered his wife and child. Chief among his tar­gets is crime boss Howard Saint (John Travolta, above) who watches as his min­ions dis­ap­pear when Frank sets out on his lethal mis­sion of vengeance. More akin to a trashy ’80s ac­tioner, this ef­fort is likely to dis­ap­point hard­ened comic-book buffs. ★★★

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