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Condemned [Import]

Steve Austin , Vinnie Jones , Scott Wiper    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Like your action movies loud, fast, and violent? World Wrestling Entertainment has just your cup of testosterone with The Condemned, a derivative but watchable punch-out starring "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, one of its top draws. The mountainous Austin is a former Special Forces soldier who is retrieved from a Latin American jail by an unscrupulous television producer to participate in a pay-per-view death match in which ten criminals must fight each other to the death. The other contestants (which include fellow athlete-turned-actor Vinnie Jones) are all cut from the most villainous of cloths, but Austin is, of course, Wrongly Accused; in no way does this prevent him from opening a ten-gallon drum of beatdown on his competitors. Scott Wiper's direction is overwrought, and the script's attempt to make a statement on violence is pointless, but Austin is a more charismatic lead than John Cena in the WWE's previous action movie effort, The Marine. And the premise, which has been tapped by everything from The Most Dangerous Game to Battle Royale, is pure comic book fun, and should please B-movie fans who felt turned off by Grindhouse's relentless tongue-in-cheek tone. -- Paul Gaita

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! Aug. 9 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favourite movies. Loaded with action, awesome visuals & a whole lotta Steve Austin. Couldn't ask for a better purchase! Definitely a great buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good in a trashy way Sept. 23 2007
I love these types of over-the-top action movies but was feeling a bit apprehensive when learning it was a WWE production, since "See No Evil" and "The Marine" were barely watcheable. This one is the best of that lot, starring "Stone Cold" Steve Austin as an inmate sent, along with 9 others, to a deserted island in a fight to the death, all for the benefit of a sadistic reality show mogul. The setup is disturbingly similar to the Japanese action clasic "Battle Royale" and the whole film is riddled with cliches but at the end of the day "The Condemned" still delivers cheap, cheesy and fun thrills in spades.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
I personally ejoyed this movie better then the The Marine (Unrated Edition) with Cena because of the plot and the acting. It only makes sense that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin would get his own action vehicle. If WWE films was going to put premier wrestlers John Cena in an action movie and "Kane" in a horror flick, then why not put one of your most famous wrestlers in a no holds barred brawl of a movie Steve Austin does bring new meaning to term "gravity." With a neck as thick as his skull and two eyes that glower menacingly from beneath a shaved head, he not only looks like a stripped tree trunk, in the new action adventure The Condemned, he seems like he might topple from the screen onto the front row at any second.

The Condemned follows the story of a millionaire megalomaniac who decides to take death row inmates from various prisons around the world and pit them against each other in a battle to the death. He winner gets his freedom. The world gets to watch the action over the internet. Unbeknownst to the producers, one of the contestants is wrongfully imprisoned special-forces soldier Joe Conrad (played by Austin).

Every once in a while we all need a film that doesn't promise high art, or any kind of art for that matter. It is always nice to turn off your brain and watch guys beat the crap out of each other on film. No pretense at all, just pure violent, fun. At first glance that is exactly what you get in this film. Sadly though, the film unravels on itself. During the making of the film, it seems that the cameraman had an epileptic fit every time he had to shoot any kind of fight scene. You would expect a film about men killing each other would be more violent. Several of the completely painful subplots defiled such a simple premise as "ten men enter, one man leaves".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review of the Condemned Sept. 20 2007
A lot of reviews are saying that Stone Cold was not up to par for this movie and the critics say that the movie sucked. Well I suggest those movie critics retract their statements and comments that they made. Stone Cold is a force to be reckoned with and proved to be perfect for the part. Vinnie Jones has always been a good actor as far as I am concerned and you really love to hate him. The fight scenes are action packed, however some viewers may find the whole story line a little disturbing. Although it does make for an intense watch.

I recommend this movie to those that are old enough to watch it and I am sure that fans of Stone Cold Steve Austin will agree it is worth a Stone Cold Stunner. I give it two thumbs up.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  123 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 PEOPLE WILL FIGHT...9 WILL DIE!! March 11 2008
By MARCOLO - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this movie is one of the better action movies I've seen in the last year!!
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN plays his roll well, just when you think he's dead he comes back.
At one time he worked for the US Government and while he was on a mission he got caught and was imprisoned, some wealthy TV producer Purchased him for his new reality show from a central American country that was very corrupt!!
The new reality show has 10 people in it trying to survive to be the last person standing to win their freedom.
Conrad must use his strength and his training to be the last man standing...
I rate this DVD a 5 of 5 stars!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nutshell Review: The Condemned Jan. 11 2014
By Alexander G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Condemned is one of those movies that you know right off the bat is made for one specific type of audience. If you like reading Jane Austin novels and sunsets and walks along the beach and romantic movies then this movie may not be for you. This is all out balls to the wall action movie that does not apologize for what it is. Premise is a reality series producer is putting together the ultimate survivor series on the internet. He picks ten people from the worst prisons around the world and buys them from death row and attaches a bomb to their ankles. The Bomb will go off in 24 hours the catch is simple only one can win. It's a fight to the death the prize is you get your life your freedom and a big bankroll. Trapped amongst the sadistic killers is Jack Conrad (Steve Austin) a former Navy S.E.A.L. who was recruited to do black ops types of jobs his last one went bad and he was caught in El Salvador awaiting death. All Conrad wants to do is get out of this alive and go home to his girl. But Conrad is decent man with Honor and a code of principles that will not let him take part in this sadistic game so he tries his best to survive and get help. Steve Austin does a good job in his first film As lead actor and he's gone on to make better films since his role in the EXPENDABLES is much better and you can see Austin has grown as a actor, This movie is worth checking out if you are a fan of this type of action flick. Better then Van Damme's hard target and Rutger Hauer's The game, This movie does deliver good entertainment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hyper violent thriller from start to finish! Dec 6 2010
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
A lethal agent from the special forces, is recruited for starring a true human slaughter transmitted by Internet, whose goal must be 40 millions of people.

Here is the drama. To watch this ferocious spectacle forcedly brings us back to the very times of the gladiators in the ancient Rome but with the same morbid vision. A moving thriller that underlined beneath the plot an issue worthy to comment. Who is really the twisted mind?

Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones are a hard to die team; besides a kinetic and witty script conform a tense movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Oct. 15 2008
By Brenda Latourelle - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not a big movie watcher, but this was a good movie. I'll watch it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good Action flick July 28 2008
By K. Dwane - Published on Amazon.com
I got the DVD from the library so there was no great investment on my part and really expected to stop it after 20 minutes. But it surprised me. Robert Mammone, as the tycoon sponsoring this internet viewing only battle royal to the death, has solid acting chops along with the always interesting to watch Rick Hoffman. Of the group of combatants, Manu Bennet and Dasi Ruz show real chemistry and Vinnie Jones is always believable as a murderous bastard.

Okay, the premise is simple as any action movie tends to be whether it's escaping aliens ("Predator," "Alien") or stopping the thing that will end the world ("The Rock," "Armagedon"). A rich, pompous, self absorbed tycoon buys convicted criminals from jails around the world, brings them to a small island and offers them freedom if they're the last one alive after 30 hours while he broadcasts on the internet for $49.95. To their ankle is strapped an explosive device that will trigger if they try to remove it.

What makes a story interesting is it's execution from casting, directing, cinematography, dialogue, etc. Every romance story is the same boy meets, girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl reunite in the end. Director Scott Wiper knows he's not making a Merchant Ivory film and so focuses on the compelling fight sequences, the question of who will be left, and how they are eliminated.

Now, I've read critiques about Austin's acting and I don't think these viewers get it. As the director states in the commentary, Austin, like other action heroes before him, has the confidence to do nothing. His range is limited and it plays to his advantage. Looking back on the Schwarzenegger Stallone era, does anybody remember them acting other than cool under fire? Clint Eastwood made a career out of squinting and teeth gritting. Look at your rappers supposedly turned "actors" like Ice-T, DMX, LL Cool J. Their entire range consists of going from snotty to snottier and back again. So Austin playing it tight and close only works for him and the role. He's the hero and viewers expect certain behavior from them. Other characters are used to portray the emotions of danger, fear and sadness that help us read the severity of the situation.

Now as far as the commentary on reality shows and internet viewership, and the lust for violence I'll leave it to the sociologists and more scholarly journals. Suffice to say, this is a good solid action flick, worth the rental price. So sit back, turn off your brain and enjoy.
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