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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘Punisher: War Zone’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer…

Fair warning: This one doesn’t have a visible redband, but it must be R-rated for the graphic violence in it.


Oh my. This looks like one of those trailers for non-English-language films where they try to disguise the fact that it’s subtitled by simply not showing us any scenes of dialogue at all. Fans of this one, though, would probably love for it to be all asskicking and heads exploding and no talking at all. Good lord, what a preverbal assault on the senses assemblage of brutality and bloodshed this trailer is! I’m not sure any movie should be promising this level of carnage, because won’t all the Spike-ified boys who turn out to see the film based on this trailer be disappointed when it’s not as ferocious as this? No movie could sustain that for 90 minutes.

Astonishingly, director Lexi Alexander has actually been nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short, but I guess a gal’s gotta take work where she can get it. Perhaps it was her status as a former World Karate and Kickboxing champion that was deemed to be of value in this case.

I’m surprised they bothered with a sequel, frankly: the first Punisher flick not only sucked, it just barely earned back its production costs; when you add in what it cost to market, it will have been lucky to have broken even worldwide. And without its star, Thomas Jane, from first time around, and a relative no-name replacement — Ray Stevenson — shouldn’t any sequel have been destined to go directly to DVD?

Nevertheless, Punisher: War Zone opens wide in the U.S. on December 5; no U.K. release date has been announced yet.



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