Punisher Director Screens Film in Madison; Should I Go?
September 19, 2013
Dolph Lundgren as the Punisher

Dolph Lundgren as the Punisher

Tomorrow, September 20, the UW Cinematheque program is holding a screening of The Punisher (1989), followed by a talk with its director (and UW-Madison alum) Mark Goldblatt, who will discuss the film and his career in Hollywood.

Goldblatt is best known as an editor, working as such on The Terminator, Commando, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Starship Troopers, Pearl Harbor, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. He was Oscar-nominated for editing for Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

I’ve never seen the film — should I go? I’m curious to know what the director will say about it, 20 years later, but I’m not sure I’m curious enough to sit through one of the bad superhero films, before they got good.

4 Responses  
Ed Sizemore writes:  

If you can sneak in during the end credits, then absolutely. Otherwise, I’d say it’s probably best you skip this one.

Johanna writes:  

That’s the way I’m leaning.

Jamie Coville writes:  

Personally I’d go. This is one “bad” comic book movies I have a soft spot for, although I’ve never met anybody else that feels the same way.

It’s not as good as some of the more modern movies for sure and it’s not true to the Punisher character. But as long as you are not hung up on the character being exactly like the comic and don’t mind a popcorn action flick it’s not that bad.

David Oakes writes:  

It is not a *bad* Superhero movie.

It is *a* Dolph Lundgren movie.

Take that as you will. (But it is still worth the talk, I am sure.)


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