The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a huge behemoth where only interconnected successes seem to fit, but not all of Marvel is the MCU and not all of its movies are celebrated with such enthusiasm. One of the tests is the third and to date last Punisher film, ‘Punisher 2: Warzone‘, a production of 2008 (the year of the premiere of ‘Iron Man’) that ended with an unfair failure at the box office and that just arrived on Netflix.
‘Punisher 2: Warzone’ seems, due to its Spanish title, a sequel, but it has nothing to do with the previous (and great, although not as much as this one) incarnations of the Marvel vigilante personified in Dolph Lundgren and Thomas Jane. Here it is Ray Stevenson who begins a personal crusade of revenge against the mafia, whoever falls and without leaving criminal with head.
The film is directed by Lexi Alexander, an expert in action sequences (she was a stunt double and currently practices the Russian martial art Systema) who bathed the film in blood, fire and gunpowder, in one of the most resounding and excessive productions that have out of the Marvel team. Unfortunately, of his 30 million very tight budget, he only recovered 10, which cut short the possibility of new Punisher movies until the premiere of the Netflix series.
The film also has a very special sense of humor (the joke of the parkour and the rocket launcher is historical), inherited from what is the best stage of the character in the comics, the one written by Garth Ennis. With Dominic West as a perfect Puzzle as the icing, we are facing a production that is worth recovering and claiming everything that is necessary.