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->''Those who do evil to others - the killers, the rapists, psychos, sadists - you will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me... The Punisher.''

The second film adaptation of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'', released in 2004.

FBI agent Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) retires just after an undercover assignment that lead into the death of Bobby Saint, the son of famous Tampa crime boss Howard Saint (Creator/JohnTravolta). Holding Castle responsible for the death of his son, Saint orders Frank's entire family to be butchered during a family reunion; the kill squad leaves Frank for dead after slaughtering his family and killing his wife and son right before his eyes. Burnt out and taunted by memories of his murdered family, Frank returns to Florida and sets out to avenge his family. Becoming a one-man judge, jury and executioner, Frank decides to punish Howard Saint and his associates for their crimes -- and he isn't willing to give up until they're all dead.

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!!This film has the examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The film is largely composed of many characters or scenes from Creator/GarthEnnis' "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank" arc. Frank's next-door neighbors in particular, The Russian, and Harry Heck (who even gets an upgrade over his original appearance where he was merely one of many hitmen that was hired to kill Frank that Frank assassinates in a single panel).
* AltumVidetur: ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' [[note]] If you want peace, prepare for war.[[/note]]
* AncestralWeapon: Frank's pistols come from his father.
* ArmoredClosetGay: [[TheDragon Quentin Glass]], a secret that Frank used for his advantage.
* BatmanGambit: Castle's plot relies on Howard not trusting his own closest associates and loved ones.
* BigApplesauce: Averted. Frank is nearly always depicted as a New Yorker, but this flick moves his story to Tampa. [[WordOfGod The DVD commentary]] reveals that the main reason to move to Tampa was Florida's tax incentives for film productions. The budget was too tight to film anywhere else.
** {{Hand Wave}}d by an exchange between Frank and his son, suggesting that his line of work has required the family to move several times.
* CarFu: Harry Heck started his assault by driving his CoolCar into Frank's own. [[spoiler:A case of TRAIN Fu happens when Saint kills his wife by dropping her in front of train tracks.]]
* CarpetRolledCorpse: BigBad Howard Saint has the body of his associate Quentin wrapped in a carpet when he confronts his wife Livia over her supposed infidelity.
* ChekhovsArmoury: With the exception of the ballistic knife, nearly every weapon Castle uses is shown beforehand either in a montage or as part of a scene.
* ComicbookAdaptation: Like with the previous adaptation, it featured material that was left out from the theatrical cut. See ReCut down below for more.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Howard Saint is [[GreenEyedMonster violently vindictive]] towards anyone he suspects of going after his wife. Castle [[BatmanGambit exploits this]] as part of his plot.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The film was basically this for the entire comic-book movie slate up to that point save for ''Blade'' and its sequels.
* DiagnosisFromDrBadass: Frank takes a blowtorch to Mickey Duka's back and describes what he's doing in great detail, including telling him that it's not painful yet because the nerve endings are seared and when the flame's that hot, it actually feels cold. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a subversion, as the Punisher is really just swiping a popsicle across the man's back to create the described symptoms, while simultaneously using the blowtorch on a steak to create the smell of charred flesh.]]
-->'''Castle''': Isn't science fun, Mickey?
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Jimmy Weeks]] in Extended Cut.
* FlamingEmblem: At the end of the film, Punisher sets off a series of car bombs that form his iconic skull symbol.
* GuileHero: Frank Castle. How so? As part of his BatmanGambit, Frank's plan for revenge was that after returning to the States, [[spoiler:make it appear to Howard Saint that his wife and his right-hand man are having an affair. After Saint kills both of them for the perceived betrayal, Frank makes his final assault on Saint's posh nightclub; Castle kills Saint's other son, tells Howard he killed his wife and best friend for nothing (he framed Saint's wife as cheating with his best friend, not knowing his friend was gay), then sends him to a fiery death.]]
* GunsAkimbo: Punisher uses a pair of pistols once to dispatch two Saint goons. Rest of the time, he's using one pistol
* TheJuggernaut: The Russian, a massive behemoth of a man who shrugs off punches, kicks, blunt force trauma, stab wounds, and ''walls'' as if they were minor nuisances. The first thing that seems to faze him is getting several quarts of boiling water thrown in his face.
* KarmaHoudini: Jimmy Weeks, in the theatrical version. It leaves out a sub-plot where Howard Saint had blackmailed Weeks over the latter's money issues, making it seem like Weeks was innocent and Glass was able to figure out how to find Castle on his own, appearing with a file in hand. In the Extended Cut, it restores the sub-plot and [[spoiler:Frank would figure it out and went to Weeks' apartment where he subtly killed him through DrivenToSuicide.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Saint's wife has one.
* MagicalNegro: There is [[ChekhovsGunman a brief reference to a 'Witch Doctor']] living off on an island near the Puerto Rico resort. [[spoiler: He later saves Castle after he gotten a round straight to the chest, near the heart, and left to die after a massive explosion on the pier he was on. After Frank's recovery,]] he then proceeds to never show up again.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Mickey turns into TheMole for Frank, who correctly guesses that Mickey doesn't want to spend the rest of his life as Howard Saint's lackey. He plays a crucial part in getting the pieces together to make Frank's BatmanGambit against Howard Saint work.
-->'''Mickey''': I hate the Saints. All of them.
* MsFanservice: Livia Saint, played by former Miss USA Laura Harring.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: "You are one dumb son of a bitch. Bringing a knife to a gunfight." Little did Harry Heck know, it was a spring-loaded ballistic knife.
* ReCut: An extended cut of the film was released on DVD in 2006; it featured seventeen minutes of additional footage that fills in some of the plot holes (such as one that revolves around Jimmy Weeks, Frank's best friend, [[spoiler:and Frank realizing that it was Weeks that sold him out to Howard Saint]]), features an animated introduction that follows Frank's time in Kuwait (based on the work of artist Tim Bradstreet), and generally improves on the film as compared to its theatrical cut. (This version of the film often airs on the FX network as well.)
* RevengeByProxy: Howard was content to simply have Frank killed in return for the death of his son, but it was his wife who insisted that Frank's [[DisproportionateRetribution entire family]] had to die, too.
* RichBitch: Livia Saint. She was the one who expressed desire to see Frank's family dead in retaliation for him killing her son in the first place.
* ShoutOut: Harry Heck is a tribute to Music/JohnnyCash's character in ''Five Minutes to Live'' (a.k.a. ''Door to Door Maniac'').
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Frank's BatmanGambit against the Saints is very similar to Iago's plan in Othello. See GuileHero above for how.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Castle's fight with The Russian is drowned out by Verdi's "[[StandardSnippet La donna mobile]]".
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Harry Heck sits down in a diner, whips out a guitar, and proceeds to sing a song to Frank that basically sums up Frank's character in a nutshell, then leaves. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment This serves no purpose except maybe to try and throw Frank off his game.]]
* SuspiciousSpending: Inverted in the Extended Cut. Frank doesn't suspect anything about Weeks until he notices that his former partner no longer owns many of his luxury items, including his Rolex and his beloved Porsche. [[spoiler:He sold them off to cover his immense gambling debt, which is what Saint used to blackmail him into betraying Frank.]]
* ThatManIsDead
--> '''The Punisher''': Those who do evil to others-the killers, the rapists, psychos, sadists-you will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me...the ''Punisher''.
* ThinkHappyThoughts: At the end of the film, Castle has killed all the criminals responsible for his family's deaths, and thinks he has nothing further to live for. He puts a gun to his own head, but a memory of his wife prevents him from pulling the trigger.
* [[TitleDrop/{{Film}} Title Drop]]: At the end of the film, Frank Castle [[ThatManIsDead accepted his fate as a wanted vigilante]] by forsaking his name and calling himself ''The Punisher''.
* TranquilFury: While Frank's entire revenge is one big example, special mention goes to the scene where Quentin Glass and his gang torture Frank's neighbor David for info. David says nothing to rat out Frank and has all his piercings removed -- [[ColdBloodedTorture with pliers]]. In return, the henchman left guarding the complex gets brutally cleaved in the head with a paper cutter by Frank, who moments before was forced to watch the poor guy through the entire torture, even blaming himself for the whole ordeal.
* TrueCompanions: Frank doesn't believe he's friends with his neighbors. That changes when he gets to know them after he helped with Joan's boyfriend problem and [[spoiler:left them some of the stolen mob money he took early in the film]]. This is cemented for him after the bad guys round up his neighbors and apply some ColdBloodedTorture to one of them to find out where Castle is. The guy doesn't talk. Later, Castle demands to know why. The reply? ''Because he's their friend.''
* VillainousBreakdown: Saint suffers one once Frank is alive and well, and had begun targeting his criminal empire. It comes to a head when Saint [[spoiler:kills his best friend and cruelly kills his wife.]]
* VillainousVirtues: Howard Saint loves his family very much, and grieves greatly when his son Bobby is killed early on. Unfortunately, he is also a cruel and vindictive gangster.

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