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PUNISHER - WAR ZONE

PUNISHER - WAR ZONE artwork

PUNISHER - WAR ZONE

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 102m 53s

Release date 06/02/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody violence and gore

Director(s) Lexi Alexander

Cast includes Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchison, Wayne West

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 27/01/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE PUNISHER – WAR ZONE is crime action thriller based on a Marvel comic. It tells the story of Frank Castle, a vigilante driven by the violent deaths of his family. Believing that threats of violence, torture and murder are acceptable crime fighting tactics, here he confronts a violent psychopath and his gang with gruesome results. The film was passed ‘18’ for strong bloody violence and gore.

The BBFC Guidelines at ‘15’ state that ‘violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury’. From the film’s outset however there is a detailed focus on strong violence and its result that was considered inappropriate at ‘15’ and better placed at the adult ‘18’ category. In one scene for example, a man is shown to have his throat cut in close up, resulting in a big gush of blood and another man having the leg of a dining chair kicked inside his eye socket, again shown in close up. Our ‘15’ Guidelines also state that ‘the strongest gory images are likely to be unacceptable’. With another scene showing a man’s head literally explode as he is riddled with automatic weapon fire, an ‘18’ was also considered necessary for the film’s levels of gore.

Additionally, THE PUNISHER – WAR ZONE features frequent use of strong language.

Details

Title
PUNISHER - WAR ZONE
Also known as
THE PUNISHER 2
Year
2008
Distributor(s)
Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
Classified date(s)
18/11/2008
Main language
English
Submitted run time
102m 53s
Approved footage
9259+9
BBFC reference
AFF255000
Registration number
CFJ18278

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