Originally Posted by oink
The big problem with the 2nd is it simply told the same story.
Actually, if you look at all three films to date, going from Lundgren to Jane to Stevenson, the first and third tell stories placed after the Punisher's origin (although with references to events in that origin), while the second was a revised origin story in and of itself. Of the three films, Punisher: War Zone
(the Stevenson version) has an origin reference that hews closer to the original comics (i.e. Castle is a Vietnam vet, his family was killed in Central Park, etc.) than the second film ever did.
My personal preference is for the second film, if only because it is an origin story and not some in medias res
thing like the others were. The third film gets some marks for being closer to the comics than the others, but loses some points for its excessive violence and overall darker tone.