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Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)

PG-13  |  Video  |  83 min  |  Animation, Action, Sci-Fi  |  11 March 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 5.7/10 from 2,566 users
Reviews: 17 user | 20 critic

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After interfering with a top secret mission, THE PUNISHER is taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. AGENT and AVENGER, BLACK WIDOW. At the orders of Director Nick Fury, Punisher and Black Widow… See full summary »

Director:

Kenichi Shimizu

Writers:

Ross Andru (character: The Punisher), Gerry Conway (character: The Punisher), 8 more credits »

Stars:

Jennifer Carpenter, Brian Bloom, John Eric Bentley | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

I’m a big fan of Marvel movies, I’ve seen every one that has been in theaters (with the notable exception of Fantastic Four, I knew that was too terrible to watch) for past 7 years. With some time over the holidays I decided to check out an animated one and I’m also a fan of Punisher, so it seems like a natural fit.

Main Points:

The animation here is good, it is a mixture of North American and Japanese style. There is good action and the voice work is decent. The Punisher is a cool character and he is given a fairly good part in this one, being forced to work with SHIELD to take down a larger criminal organization. I also like Black Widow and her character is ok here (Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter fame), though she is rather over-sexualized for male audiences.

The movie really falls apart, unfortunately, when it comes to the dialogue. There are parts where it is almost unwatchable, the story also gets very corny and rather stupid after the first 30 minutes. I keep watching for the action parts but they really drag out one part of the storyline and make Black Widow a lot more sappy and emotional that she has any right to be.

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Final Thoughts:

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