On paper, the idea of having grumpy Euro-trash Dolph Lundgren play the definitely not cheery The Punisher in the first screen adaptation of the cult classic comic looked like a good one. Sadly, the actual execution of the film left a lot to be desired. Man cannot live on scowls alone.
The film is nothing at all like the comic aside from the title and the fact that he wears black. It's little more than a grubby action movie vehicle for the dark-haired Lundgren to look mean and punch his way through various cliches. Unfortunately, when editor turned director Mark Goldblatt made the transition, he wasn't up to it.
There's a big script issue and a general lack of any substance at all, which is fairly fatal.