I've always been a huge fan of the Punisher, ever since I first met the character on the old 90's Spider-Man cartoon. I quickly discovered the old 80's movie and loved it as well, and all of that pales to the comics version. I mean if you need any more proof of my love of the character, check out my youtube page, youtube.com/blueroofproductions619, where I have a webseries called Frank's Journey, where a Punisher action figure goes on weird adventures. The point is, the character has always meant a lot to me. So when I heard there was a short film, staring Thomas Jane, who of course played him in the '04 movie, once again playing the punisher I just had to watch it. And let me just say, it does not disappoint!
The film was produced by Adi Shankar and directed by Phil Joanou, and it was clearly made with love. The film opens up on a small street in New York where Frank is fast asleep. He is woken up with what sounds like a gun shot. He exits his van in a dramatic fashion and then pulls out his dirty laundry, not at all where you thought it was going to go.
On the other side of the alley a car pulls up where some gangsters start pushing a woman around. Frank watches them for a few moments as everything escalate and then he ignores it and continues on his way towards the laundromat. The gangsta beats the poor girl as Frank puts his clothes in the wash, a young boy walks past, trying not to be seen but the gang finds him and starts pushing him around. Once more Frank watches, not doing anything, just watching.
The head gangster tells the kid he needs to start working for him, but the kid said no. He seals his fate, they pick him up and he screams for help, his cries are starting to get to Frank, who finally gets up and exits the building. The gangster asks him what he is doing there and he replies Laundry. Frank leaves, almost as if the gangster punks him out. He walks into the local convenience store, which is run by the one and only Ron Perlman! Can we just say how much we love him! He's such a great actor!!!! Anyways, he tells Frank how he walked out there to try to stop those gangmembers a few weeks back and that is why he is now in a wheelchair. He a defeated man who has lost all hope in life.
Frank tells Ron that he is sober now, but after hearing how defeated Ron is he buys a bottle of Jack. He takes it outside and beats the gangmembers to death with the bottle. It's pretty badass! He saves the kid with nothing more than a bottle. The main gangmember is about to shoot Frank but the kid bites him and Frank throws the bottle at him knocking him to the ground. Frank then empties the bottle of Jack all over him as he asks him about the difference between justice and punishment. He pulls out a lighter and puts it down in front of the guy before going back to his laundry.
The girl that the gangmember was beating on walks over and picks up the lighter, she uses it to light him on fire. The Jack helped more than a bit! Frank let the woman take her own vengeance. As Frank is getting into the truck a little kid walks over to him holding one of his shirts and tells him he forgot it, Frank tells him to keep it since it has a hole in it. It is the skull shirt that we all think of when we think of the Punisher.
This is the best version of the punisher we have ever gotten. Well, until Daredevil season 2. If you guys haven't seen it yet, you really should check it out! It's well worth a watch!