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"The Condemned" has an interesting premise, but it really wasn't written very well and falls flat in delivering its message. All the drama behind the scenes focused on the issue of Morality vs. Entertainment and how anyone who watches something like this should be ashamed of themselves for supporting such barbarity and immorality… but it wasn't compelling in how it was delivered. There are several scenes in this movie that are very uncomfortable to watch (i.e. watching a woman get brutally raped, watching an injured and helpless man be savagely beaten and tortured for fun, etc) but rather than show the full effect of those scenes and really make the audience think about and deal with what they were seeing, the director (Scott Wiper) instead chose to cut away and focus on the behind the scenes conflicts between Ian and his staff, making them try to come to grips with what they were doing and seeing. So, the impact of the uncomfortable scenes was drastically reduced and wasn't nearly as compelling and thought-provoking as it could have been. In addition, I really hated how much camera motion was used in several big fight scenes with Steve Austin. It was visually
All in all, I'd give this movie 1.5 STARS (out of 5). Re-watch value: NONE
"The Condemned" is a movie that should stay exactly what the title tells…CONDEMNED. This movie was about the stupidest movie I have ever seen put out. "The Condemned" tells the story of Jack Conrad (Stone Cold Steve Austin), who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. This little "live action Survivor" is going to be aired all over the internet…right, can we say lame.
First off we have another WWE movie with another WWF wrestler (Steve Austin), I wonder if the fans of WWF are slowing fading away so they decided it's time to go into the movies, or maybe the success of the Rock made them think "hey we could duplicate that", well WWF YOU CAN'T please stop trying and exposing us to bad action movies. The movie has so many plot holes I don't know where to begin, the acting is horrible, and the story line was complete garbage. I don't know where to begin with this movie, I'm at a loss. My advice is stay away, and if you must then save yourself $10 bucks and rent it.
Overall Rating: 1 Star (out of 5). Re-Watch Value: Never (Not enough rum in the world).
Trivia: Steve Austin was originally offered the part Vinnie Jones plays, but after WWE decided to make the movie in their WWE Films department, they gave Steve Austin the lead role.