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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 GaitaBlu-ray edition.
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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".Read more ›
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.
lots of violence, but no gore. some cool explosions.
no nudity, but some good cleavage.
expect to get hit over the head a lot by Disney lovin' women who keep saying that violent movies are evil.
[trust me it gets really annoying]
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Love this movie. Lots of action and suspenseful drama at it's best!!!Published 12 months ago by Jordan Mason