The Condemned (2007)



Critic Consensus: The Condemned is a morally ambiguous, exceedingly violent and mostly forgettable action film.

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WWE superstar "Stone Cold" Steve Austin stars as a death row inmate who gets a rare second shot at life in director Scott Wiper's adrenaline-charged action thriller. Jack Conrad (Austin) is a dangerous convict currently awaiting execution in a corrupt Central American prison. "Purchased" by a wealthy television producer and transported to a deserted island, the formidable inmate is offered the opportunity to avoid capital punishment and win back his freedom by fighting to the death against nine other condemned criminals in an illegal game to be broadcast uncensored over the Internet. Rick Hoffman and Vinnie Jones co-star in a brutal battle royal of non-stop carnage. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for pervasive strong brutal violence, and for language)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Steve Austin
as Conrad
Vinnie Jones
as Ewan McStarley
Rick Hoffman
as Goldman
Robert Mammone
as Ian Breckel
Luke Pegler
as Baxter
Masa Yamaguchi
as Go Saiga
Emelia Burns
as Yasantwa `Rio' Adei
Dasi Ruz
as Rosa Pacheco
Steve Harman
as Baxter Guard No.1
Steve Morris
as Baxter Guard No.2
Nigel Harbach
as Baxter Guard No.3
Lani John Tupu
as El Salvador Warden
Marcus Johnson
as Kreston Mackie
Peter Kent
as El Salvador Scout
Kurt Durval
as Control Room Technician
Andy McPhee
as The German
Jesse Pikler-Brembly
as Control Room Technician
Rai Fazio
as The Italian
Kaitlyn Clare
as Control Room Technician
Josh Futcher
as Control Room Technician
Miranda Podleska
as Control Room Technician
Angie Milliken
as Donna Sereno
Brad Hayes
as Farland
Ty Hungerford
as Baxter Guard No.4
John Orcsik
as Belarus Warden
Mick Glancy
as Camouflage Cameraman
John Brently Reynolds
as Belarus Convict No.1
Mick Roughan
as Belarus Convict No.2
Greg Jones
as Gamouflage Guard
John Walton
as Belarus Convict No.3
Anthony Chan
as Control Room Technician
Manu Bennett
as Paco Pacheco
Grant Piro
as Moyer
Jacy Lewis
as Wilkin's Assistant
Chris Palframan
as Belarus Cameraman
Trent Sullivan
as Michael
Joey Massey
as Scotty
Martin Challis
as Burdick
Neil Pigot
as Meranto
James Stewart
as Belarus Scout
Evert McQueen
as El Salvador Cameraman
Brad McMurray
as El Salvador, Guard #1
Daniel Pirrone-Cook
as El Salvador Guard #2
Robbie Reltano
as Latino Convict
Jimmy Christiansen
as Lone Technician
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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (32)

The Condemned sprays its fury wide: media manipulators, political opportunists and technology-pacified couch potatoes are among the collaterally damaged. Paying audiences don't get off so easy either.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Cheesy enough to satisfy your B-movie cravings in half Grindhouse's running time.

Full Review… | May 3, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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This is a fast-paced, well-made piece of garbage.

April 30, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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In the great pantheon of recent WWE vehicles, The Condemned ranks somewhere above the Kane vehicle See No Evil and below the John Cena-starrer The Marine.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
AV Club
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If you thought getting voted off the island on Survivor was tough, The Condemned takes that concept as ridiculously and hideously far as can be imagined.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
USA Today
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While rather preposterously hypocritical in its moral pretensions, it nevertheless comes through in the no-holds-barred, body-slam department.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for The Condemned

Surprisingly entertaining film, The Condemned manages to be a fun, entertaining two hours of low budget filmmaking. The concept is a bit derivative from Gamer, which I quite enjoyed, but nonetheless, this is a worthy action thriller well worth your time if you enjoy a low budget action popcorn ride. Well thought out despite a few clichéd ideas, The Condemned is a cool film for what it is, and it does manage to entertain you well enough for two hours and the film is pretty solidly executed for low budget filmmaking. Before going into this one, expect something enjoyable and mindless and you're sure to like it. The film has its weak moments of course, but this is sheer must see material for action buffs. The script, acting and the setting are quite interesting, and well thought out. I thought that Vinnie Jones and Steve Austin were quite good here, and they delivered something truly intense, unflinching and above all riveting. This is one of those movies that shouldn't be passed up due to its sheer entertainment value. I recommend this film to anyone that loves the genre, and even if it's a formulaic idea, it's still fun to watch because there are enough action moments to make this one stand out among other low budget action film. The film is flawed, but nonetheless, it's a worthy affair, a film that is riveting, action packed and never dull. For action buffs, The Condemned is cool, thrilling and a must see piece of film that deserves to be seen by a larger audience. Due to its low budget status, and terrific, engaging action and concept, I'm sure that this film will surely become a future cult classic, as it most definitely deserves it.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


It's violent and possess action sequences that is arguably forgettable. The Condemned is a low-grade attempt in garnering the lethal impact of a typical action movie. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Well what have we here, an early 'Expendables' type fighter? a 'Battle Royale' copy? or maybe just a 'Running Man' type thriller? well all this and many more films gone before. The plot...a group of the most violent criminals are hand picked and dumped on a remote island. Each has a small bomb attached to their ankle which will detonate after a certain time limit. They have nothing but their skills to survive and the odd package dropped from a chopper. Only one can be left standing before the time runs out and that last man wins his freedom, FIGHT!!!. So yes I think we have all seen this before, the general idea, and one can assume it will pretty much be like all the rest. It is a bit like a cheaper, low key, grittier 'Expendables' but with guys that aren't overly famous but a good selection of character hardmen and fighters of you will. Vinnie Jones, Nathan Jones and Austin are the bigger names here whilst other criminals are made up of really well built blokes and some good fighters like Masa Yamaguchi. Of course the plot isn't like the Sly vehicle but it is a nice ensemble of hardasses. The whole film plays out like one setup after another, one fight, a bit of plot, then another fight etc...The fights vary from pretty cool to nothing much but its all very violent and bloody, not for the PG crowd that's for sure. All the characters have your standard backgrounds, the hero Austin is of course ex-Delta Force whilst Vinnie is ex-SAS gone bad, bog standard military guff really. All the while its watched by the internet crew and their boss who set it all up for profit and morbid kicks...tut tut so naughty. It does work well really, can't lie, its good fun to watch but obviously stupid. Would they really include women? surely that would be rather unfair. The violence in some parts is quite close to bone really, Vinnie and his partner rape a women to death then find her husband (also a criminal) and burn him to death after beating him half to death!! so yeah bit sick. You could say its even like 'Call of Duty' or any FPS, but with bloody murder and fights instead of gun runnin'. When the odd help package is dropped into the 'game' it does feel like a videogame of sorts. Its certainly balls to the wall with guts n headbutts and the perfect action vehicle. Nothing original and no real surprises other than Vinnie being really quite evil, but its undeniably fun despite Austin being a plank and the ending being a big anti climax for the two main guys.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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