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Special agent Frank Castle had it all: A loving family, a great life, and an adventurous job. But when his life is taken away from him by a ruthless criminal and his associates, Frank has become reborn. Now serving as judge, jury, and executioner, he's a new kind of vigilante out to wage a one man war against those who have done him wrong.Written by
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The failure to make Castle a complex, horrifying, hate-filled mess sees the film stuck as an average (if very violent) action movie
Frank Castle is a cop who leads a bust that sees the son of crime boss Howard Saint end up dead. Not content with killing Castle, Saint orders the whole Castle family to be killed which they are, in a bloody seaside massacre. However Frank survives the attack just; but with nothing left of his life he focuses on the only thing he knows hate. With this the only thing he now feels, Castle sets out to bring down Saint, killing each and every one of them that were involved in his family's death.
If you are looking for a violent action movie with lots of things going bang and quite cool images then this will pretty much do you. You sound like you have quite low requirements in life and this film is happy to settle for less to help meet them. The action is distracting enough hardly fun perhaps but certainly violent enough and regular enough to satisfy the target audience of teenage males. However below this there is nothing where really their should have been a great deal. Castle is supposedly a tormented figure; he must blame himself for his family's death since he created the enemies that killed them; he has nothing but revenge and even when he has had that he must know that he will then have nothing else. However Castle in this film is just mean, apart from the extreme violence he just comes across as antisocial rather than racked by a terrible pain and emptiness.
And it is in this part of the film that it falls down in a major way because although it wants to be all dark and complex, it really is nothing of the start. The opening credits are dark and menacing but the rest of the film is just a straightforward action affair hell, it doesn't even have anything of interest to say in regards revenge or vigilantism; although this is minor compared to the failure to give Castle any character beyond that of a standard Hollywood tough guy. Without this heart to the film, the extreme violence is more about getting an audience than getting to the heart of the character. The violence is unpleasant but not as much as it should have been it should have been horrific, sickening to the point where we're not sure if Castle was ever any better than Saint. It wasn't like this, it was just gory and seemed to take pleasure if making the audience wince. I wanted to be sickened by the massacre of the Castle family I wasn't; I wanted the massacre of the Saints to play out so that the film showed us how similar it was to the earlier massacre but it didn't. It may want to have been dark but it just ends up being a Hollywood action movie after all and a fairly ordinary one at that.
Jane must have known what he was up against and he can do nothing to stop it. Neither he nor the material have the complexity needed and for most of the film he just seems to be brooding rather than hurting. Travolta is so-so but has little time; I assume he took the role because it is an interesting baddie who did manage to have a more tragic character than Jane did. The support cast are mainly poor mostly because of the material. The film didn't need a love interest or a comic relief so Romjin-Starmos, Foster and the big guy (sorry, don't know his name) couldn't have gotten off the screen quickly enough. Patton is reasonably good but he is better than this film deserves. Nobody is terrible but nobody is particularly good and, although it should have been, this was not a film for the actors.
Overall what should have been a dark, disturbing, complex, violent and emotional film is just a normal action movie with some rather unpleasant violence. Without heart the film does enough to distract its target audience but those foolish enough to expect anything beyond the basics will only go away disappointed.
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