The Condemned

“The Condemned” is an action film starring a WWE wrestler and coming dangerously close to just being a non-futuristic version of “Running Man.” So, is it condemned to being tossed aside and ignored as viable entertainment?

The movie is directed by Scott Wiper and stars wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the lead role, with British bad man Vinnie Jones as the most recognizable support and villain. The plot centers around a millionaire producer and is show created for the internet involving 10 death row convicts released and pitted against each other in a fight to the death for freedom.

Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones both play their parts perfectly, and overall I’m not going to say anything ill about the acting. Austin is the protagonist here and works the strong hero of few words persona perfectly in getting you to root for him. Jones of course is as nasty as ever.

The story for the film sounds exactly like the games I would play with my knock-off brand GI Joe toys as a kid and therefore sort of drew my attention, even if it was simple and silly. A basic tournament fight to the death, however, doesn’t fly in this politically correct world and the movie is one hell of a preachy piece of overdone propaganda. We’ve seen this before, we’ve heard this before, the storytellers are not opening our eyes to anything except some very bad directing. The action in the film is reduced to a lot of shaky camera work and close ups. I assume that the choreography was done very slowly and the crappy camera work is meant to make up for that. Even the smallest action is zoomed in on and you get to see an elbow, or the back of a head, instead of something exciting. It is all done so shaky that it really almost gave me motion sickness. So, even though Austin talks and is scanned from top to bottom in slow motion several times like a bad ass, the action doesn’t emphasize the fact well enough. This isn’t a Jet Li film for sure.

Does this film have any redeeming qualities to make it worth your rental money? One of the final showdowns between Jones and Austin is almost cool, but overall it is outweighed by moments of rubbing our faces in morals and awkward situations of violence. In the end I say: this movie is dumb, too much of a rip off of better material, too hard to watch the shaky action sequences, and too bad I even wasted my time seeing it to waste your time reading this.

4 thoughts on “The Condemned”

  1. The film wasn’t that bad and what do you expect from a wrestler. You can’t expect the film to be anything but stupid. I agree with your review, but I think that I would be alittle more easy on it. Good review but I would give the film a 2/5.

  2. Derek Fleek – What do I expect from a wrestler? A wrestler did not make the movie…stated the acting was fine which was what the wrestler did…thanks for the comment

  3. Your kidding right? You completely trashed a movie that doesn’t take itself as seriously as you take it. The Condemned was decent, no its not oscar-worthy film but it also isn’t a waste of time, just not your cup of tea it seems. Its an action movie for one, that tries to add a few emotional scenes and fails terrible. But the action is not that bad throughout and for those with little to do or even a knack for action movies this is pretty good. The effects and all ae solid and it just seems that you are judging the film with all other films on the market. Its not other films but a WWE/WWF whatever film. Now don’t get me wrong I am not denying that its dumb, but its no waste of rental money cause it served its purpose it was entertaining so for a couple of bucks I would imagine renting it at the least. 2/5 to 2.5/5 is generous but what I would rate it.

  4. WWE has more realistic action in their rings…extreme close ups with a shaky cam is a way of covering up poor choreography, or is just lazy…trying to present speed that was not there is normal, but if you cannot see anything much it is pointless…yes I judge it against other films on the market, even straight to Dvd films…as far as entertaining…the concept was appealing to my inner teen, but the preaching and etc was poorly handled and stole away any fun, on top of that if I want bad effects and crappy film making with this message I prefer to stick with Running Man and that opera singing guy…ha ha

    However, it does seem popular these days for people to keep making the same critical quotes involving “popcorn movies”..liking “popcorn movies”, sch as Transformers is the “in” thing for audiences and critics…there are movies one can sit back and let the dumbness work fine, and then there are some that are illogical crap…I enjoy mindless entertainment indeed, but I’m not into just letting everything slide into my mind that people try to sell so that our future can ed up like that flick Idiocracy..ha ha…The Condemned stayed in the center of that, but its own message was preaching against its existence…Thank you for your comments, I look forward to future disagreements!

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