The Condemned (Widescreen Edition)
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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.Read more ›
Among the other prisoners is former SAS operative McStarley played by Vinnie Jones. Jones has virtually made a career out of playing similar tough guy roles including Juggernaut in X-Men 3. He plays McStarley to the villainous hilt. McStarley has formed an alliance with Japanese martial artist Saiga, and together they hunt down the rest of the prisoners. Yet another prisoner is played by former WWE wrestler and Strongman competitor, 6' 11" Nathan Jones. It isn't all just a beat-em-up however. A back-story on Conrad shows that he is more than just an average prisoner. He disappeared from his home in Texas a year earlier without a word to his girlfriend. Now his entire hometown is watching the action unfold over the Internet along with millions of other viewers.
Now, Steve Austin isn't a guy with a lot of acting range. But then again, guys like that (Chuck Norris, Steven Segal) have done quite well for themselves in action hero roles.Read more ›
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good over all movie. I have seen all the condemned movies and this one is the best in my opinion. This is the few movies I enjoy watching over and over.Published 4 days ago by Phillip Berry
This movie blew me away. I expected nothing and was pleasantly surprised. I couldn't be happier my buddy put this movie in. Sometimes it's hard to watch, it can be brutal. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Breezy1323
Stone Cold Steve Austin stars in this action movie where he plays the role of Jack Conrad, a prisoner in a crooked jail who is bought like a slave by a crooked TV producer to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark J. House
One of the only movies done by the wrestling federation that is worth a damn.. some of the acting is above average,, the music is pretty damn good.. worth a watch over and overPublished 1 month ago by The Mejias