• Publication date: November 19, 2009

The Punisher The Punisher

Frank Castle has seen too much death in his life as an FBI ...

Frank Castle has seen too much death in his life as an FBI special agent. He is finally moving out of the field and into a normal life with his wife, Maria, and young son, Will. On his final assignment, Castle plays his undercover role perfectly, but the operation spins out of control and a young man, Bobby Saint, is killed. This places the FBI on the wrong side of Tampa businessman Howard Saint and his glamorous wife, Livia. Inflamed by the death of their son, the Saints are willing to risk their newfound legitimacy on a wholesale mission of blood-vengeance. Castle's worst nightmare is about to come true, as Howard Saint and his lieutenants unleash hell at the Castle family reunion. But Castle survives. Until this moment, he has spent his entire life adhering strictly to the law. However, experience has taught him that the law cannot adequately penalize the people who murdered his family. Castle sets in motion a plan to punish the murderers. He takes up residence in a dilapidated tenement building in Tampa's industrial district, where his fellow tenants include Joan, a waitress at a nearby diner; Dave; and Mr. Bumpo. Castle thoroughly familiarizes himself with the habits and routines of the Saint family. He traces the movements not only of Howard and Livia, but also their surviving son, John, and Howard's second-in-command, lawyer Quentin Glass. Stunned that Castle is not only alive but causing him harm, Howard Saint marshals his forces in an attempt to shut Castle down. Yet Joan, Dave and Mr. Bumpo bring Castle the one thing he least expects: redemption. His personal goal achieved, Castle realizes that his life's work has just begun. As The Punisher, he will provide justice for ordinary people and exact retribution from society's villains. "The Punisher" won Taurus Award for Best Fire Stunt (Mark Chadwick), and was nominated for Prism Award for Wide Release Feature Film in 2005. This movie is rated R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity.