Welcome back, Frank! Marvel’s The Punisher: Reviewed

Written by Gavin Sanctis
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Marvel’s The Punisher is a bloody brilliant epic, tense 13-episode crime drama, which takes a real look at the consequences long-term violence has on the human psyche, as well as the meaning of War and how soldiers are treated after they have served their country.
While set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), The Punisher (Frank Castle) is no superhero, he doesn’t have any superpowers or extraordinary abilities, The Punisher is a vigilante who employs violence often extreme in his campaign to seek justice.

Set in modern-day New York City and picking up after the events of 2016’s Daredevil Season Two, we see Frank Castle (once again played by Jon Bernthal) trying to figure out what it means to live life after you have accomplished your vengeance. Believed to be dead, Castle is using the name ‘Pete Castiglione’ and working on a construction site. Torched and living day-by-day trying with the pain and agony of the violent deaths of his wife and children, while both being awake and asleep. Frank also has to deal with the trauma of being a former soldier, who served in the United States Army and also the baggage both physically and mentally, which comes with being turned into a killing machine. After discovering that more people were involved in the brutal murder of his family, Frank crosses paths with David Lieberman / Micro (played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach) a former National Security Agency analyst, who has some common enemies with Castle, while also having a quest of his own to reunite with his own family who believe he too is dead. After initial conflict and tension between Castle and Lieberman, they decide to take down the people who destroyed their lives, which sets both men on a bloody course of violence in uncovering a conspiracy involving senior members of the US intelligence services.

Along with stellar performances from Bernthal and Moss-Bachrach, British born Ben Barnes plays Billy Russo, a former soldier who served with Castle in the US army and now runs a private military corporation called Anvil. Amber Rose Revah gives a fine performance as Dinah Madani (a new character not seen before in the comic book series), an Iranian-American Homeland Security agent working in the New York field office trying to find the people responsible for killing her former partner. Paul Schulze gives a subtlety menacing performance as the director of covert operations for the CIA, William Rawlins. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio gives a strong and powerful performance as a deputy director of the CIA, Marion James. Deborah Ann Woll returns to the screen as Karen Page, now a journalist for the New York Bulletin after playing Matt Murdock’s assistant in the Daredevil series. The always brilliant and intense Clancy Brown reprises his role as Major Ray Schoonover, Castles commanding officer in Afghanistan.

With an amazingly effective and poignant choice of mainly instrumental music, which includes artists such as Tom Waits, Dean Martin, The White Buffalo, Marilyn Manson, Tyler Bates and British Legend’s Paul Weller’s You Do Something to Me, completely complements the action and the drama of this fine addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel’s The Punisher is available to watch on Netflix now.

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