Bivši policist Frank Castle ima vse. Čudovito družino, uspešen posel in obetavno prihodnost. Njegovo življenje dobi povsem nov smisel, ko mu zloglasni kriminalci ubijejo ženo in sina. V tistem trenutku začne Frank živeti samo še zato, da bi se morilcem maščeval. Pred njim je naporna naloga, ki zahteva železne živce in odlično telesno pripravljenost.
Based on the Marvel Comic, Dolph Lundgren is Frank Castle an ex-cop who lives in the sewers and acts as judge, jury, and executioner to the city's criminals in retaliation for the unpunished murders of his wife and kids. Frank's ex-partner Jake (Louis Gossett Jr.) finally catches up with the vigilante as he tries to stop the Japanese mob, which is trying to take over the city's mafia operation.