Punisher 2: War Zone screening

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Thanks to Nuffnang, I managed to catch Punisher: War Zone 10 days before everyone else. It was a screening held at Cineleisure last night (just now?) and I’ve got to say, this has gotta to be the best screening ever.

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The pre-program was held at Outpost and we all met up there before going for the movie. The drinks were all half-price and there were PS2 Punisher games and board games available.

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I met Hitomi there who posed me an extremely difficult question that challenged my gray matter to the point of incapacitation. :p

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There were two people in costume acting as bouncers of sorts…a very nice touch, which was not just cosmetic – more about that later.

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Contests were also held – two mannequins were the targets and we were given a toy gun to shoot darts at the targets to win schwag, which includes Punisher 2 T-shirts and duffle bags. I joined the second round and snagged me a poster of Punisher: War Zone. It was a whole lot of fun.

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…that’s not the end of it though. As we filed into the cinema and the trailers started, the two guys in flak jackets suddenly entered the cinema with flashlights shouting that Frank Castle is in the premises.

There was a whole lot of commotion and they ended up arresting The Punisher (before he made a timely escape) in front of the theater. It was a staged and choreographed event but they managed to pull it off so well (and it was unexpected) which made it interesting.

Then someone announced that a bomb has been planted under one of our seats, which set us scrambling to see if the explosive device is indeed under our designated seats. It turns out that Debra who was sitting at the seat adjacent to mine was the lucky one.

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There was a bomb-squad style “cut the wires to disarm the bomb” stunt and Debra got to keep the ignition device. This has gotta be the best PR stunt pulled ever.

Anyway, back to the movie, it was great! If you loved the first Punisher (or Marvel comics stuff, vigilante movies, or films that involves violence and gore) you’ll love this iteration. There were a couple of great quotes in there, my favorite being straight from the good book – “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” from Matthew 7:2.

Overall, it was an entertaining popcorn movie and I won’t have any spoilers here since it’s not going to be released for another 10 days but the best scene is Jigsaw recruiting all the Asian, Latino and African American street gangs for his cause.

The only flaw in the movie is the excessive censorship applied. There were liberal cutting of scenes – the Good Parts (TM) involving gore and violence were all subjected to the judicious scissors of the good people at the film censorship board. It was quite noticeable and a bit of a letdown but I give this movie two thumbs up (primarily coz I loved the first and I like vigilante movies like Boondock Saints).

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This is Zoe, my guest. Say Happy Birthday coz she just turned 16. πŸ™‚

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I even won a Punisher: War Zone combat knife for my slogan. It was If I’m the Punisher, I’ll punish….Obama coz he’s not what he seems. It’s the greatest disaster of all time. Great PR, great marketing tactics, but he’s actually the Antichrist in disguise. The end is nigh! and I explicitly stated that I wanted the adventure knife coz I was getting mugged all the time. πŸ˜‰

Unfortunately, this “adventure knife” would be relegated to cutting my fingernails and filing it down so it doesn’t hurt when I have an itch to scratch. πŸ˜‰

I think it’ll be mighty useful for that. πŸ™‚

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84 thoughts on “Punisher 2: War Zone screening”

  1. the outfit of the ‘bouncers’ looks very much alike to your outfit when u dress up as ‘osama’… except that they got their mouth covered and you show your handsome face..

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  2. Can’t be as bad as the 1st one, right? No amount of Samantha Mathis is ever going to make me forgive putting Thomas Jane (of all people!) in that movie.

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  3. HB, Not sure if your women friends like this type of flick. My women friends get turn off by it. They like love and comedy flicks. Or fantasy and scifi .

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  4. yea this is mostly gore. and torn necks. and limping heads. and ghastly disemboweled bodies.
    oh and the chopped of arm was best πŸ˜›
    it’s definitely not a chick flick alright XD

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  5. didn’t this movie come out like 3 months ago?
    “There’s a bomb under your seat!”
    if they said that here everyone would be running for the nearest exit.

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  6. nice to have meet u there!!! ur shots during the game was uber cool!!!
    The movie was splendid though I thought it was going to bore me in the beginning~
    The blacks and chinese~ what were the americans thinking?
    The gimmick, it would have been better with BGMs, yet it went out well too~
    Great to meet you and the bloggers around~ and the movie, 10 stars~

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  7. Wah.. very “anti-obama slogan”. Lol no wonder you won, bold statements man. And now that you’ve won the knife at least you can put it to some ‘handy’ use. πŸ™‚

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  8. Have you ever done paintball hb? I think it is fine. I got in real trouble over the Christmas holidays, cause I gave my newphews son (Joshua- age 14) and old leather jacket, to use when he was going to play paintball. I was berated by his mom and his grandmom (my sister) for promoting violence. Maybe it is because I used to be a military officer. Sorry, but I don’t think so. I am the most non violent guy you ever will meet, a true beliver in JC. I try to live my life helping others. But I belive everyone has a right to self defense, and sometimes you must take a stand. Mayhap I am wrong, but I belive in the wise right to defend my self and family and friends, and others, if no one else will. And you gotta learn and train. Once you are in the midst of it, it is too late to wish for advice. Was I wrong HB? That is not a retorichal(sp- sorry) question. what is your oppinion? ps, thanks for all your hard work on yor webesite. I have about another month or two to go before i am better. thanks , HB. You have been a blessing to me during this time.
    Tom
    tom

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  9. The knife droped from my hand some years ago. but God help me, I still retain the knowlege of it’s use. Once learned, never forgoten, I guess.
    tom

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  10. cwee: Cheers mate! πŸ™‚
    ShaolinTiger: I kinda liked the movie. Watch Boondock Saints, you’ll love it. It’s better than Punisher 2. The thing that ruined War Zone is the censorship.
    Aaron: Thank you. πŸ™‚
    I attribute it to my slogan. Heh!
    cindy khor: Yeah, we’re wearing the same SWAT type outfits. I didn’t have a balaclava though…too hot to be wearing that stuff. πŸ™‚
    Rambling Mind: I watched the first one on DVD…twice. While stoned. So, I can’t remember much of it, sad to say. πŸ˜‰
    Simon Seow: You’re lucky, you work night shift. :p
    andrew: Ya, I make it a point to be fast. πŸ˜‰
    Okay, will do that tomorrow. πŸ™‚
    Thanks buddy. Weekends are good for me, weekdays a big no-no.
    Michael (Mike): It’s not that bad actually. I enjoyed it. πŸ™‚
    Chriso: I love the recuriting of the street gangs scene. So cheesy, yet so nice. Zoe told me the words tattooed on the Asian gang members face are Tien Di (Heaven Earth).
    chefmel: Ya I did put on a few pounds. πŸ™
    Thanks! πŸ™‚
    I like to look innocent. When you coming to KL????
    Mellissa: Yeah, I seriously hated the censored scenes. I mean, it’s 18 PL already, can’t we take a bit of gore?
    Darren: Yup, and if you’re a fan of vigilante stuff, Boondock Saints is the way to go. πŸ™‚
    Implosion: I don’t. Just friends buddy. πŸ™‚
    stupidamerican: It’s a joke, mate. πŸ™‚
    I like Obama.
    …and I like to think he has a sense of humor as well. I was gunning for him all the while.
    WEEN: I’m not living in the US, dude. πŸ˜‰
    Anyway, not if it’s a launch gimmick (that’s the proper name my ex-boss taught me but I forgot).
    eiling: It’s a great movie if you like this kind of stuff. πŸ™‚
    Binn: Yeah, it’s great to meet up with you too. Launching gimmick was the best, first ever Nuffnang screening I’ve seen that. πŸ™‚
    Tian Chad: It’s good to see you too. πŸ™‚
    My wrist piercings are out coz it got infected. I swallowed my tongue piercing today so I have to get it re-pierced sometimes this weekend.
    Jade Zheng: Sure thing Cindy, got your email. Definite on. πŸ™‚
    aronil: I actually like Obama. πŸ™‚
    It’s just a funny slogan, thought it would be humorous.
    tom: Yup, I love paintball, have been trying to get the gang at work to go again.
    I don’t think it’s wrong. Second amendment and all that. Everyone has a right to defend themselves, and their loved ones.
    You get well soon and don’t fret about the small stuff. πŸ™‚
    debra fong: No la, you look great! πŸ™‚
    Eh, lucky la you. What did you get actually? The entire bomb?

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  11. Hmm… well, didn’t realise you took my picture at the background and what more you go put up on the blog… Anyway, the movie is ok. Just the censoring part was pissing me off already.

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  12. cutie: Great! πŸ™‚
    I know who you are now. Next time, I’ll say hello.
    Ya, the censorship ruined the movie. :S
    The best parts were all subjected to the judicious scissors of our censorship board. Why bother tagging it 18PL when it’s censored?

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  13. I saw the first photo and I thought it was YOU!! Coolness!
    Only then I scrolled down hehe.. LOL!
    Hmm.. bad thing about censorship, it spoils the mood. Sounds like my type of movie, am going to watch it soon!

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  14. bongkersz: Haha! Thanks bro.
    Yeah, the censorship was really off the charts for this movie. πŸ™
    Z0E: Hmm…16 is officially legal? πŸ˜‰
    Zoe wanna go yum cha? πŸ˜‰

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  15. Crystal: No worries. They weren’t from me, they’re from Nuffnang. They had extra tickets so I just helped pass it out to random passerbys and you and your friend happened to be one of them. πŸ™‚
    OMG! This happened a long time ago, I gave you my blogger name card right?
    You just managed to surf in?
    Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚
    …and thanks for reminding me, I need to make more blogger name cards.

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