The Condemned (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Condemned (2007)



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

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: R (for pervasive strong brutal violence, and for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Wiper, Rob Hedden, Andrew Hedden
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2007
Box Office: $7.3M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Vinnie Jones
as Ewan McStarley
Rick Hoffman
as Goldman
Robert Mammone
as Ian Breckel
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
Marcus Johnson
as Kreston Mackie
Lani John Tupu
as El Salvador Warden
Peter Kent
as El Salvador Scout
Andy McPhee
as The German
Kurt Durval
as Control Room Technic...
Rai Fazio
as The Italian
Jesse Pikler-Brembly
as Control Room Technic...
Kaitlyn Clare
as Control Room Technic...
Josh Futcher
as Control Room Technic...
Miranda Podleska
as Control Room Technic...
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 Reynold...
as Belarus Convict No.1
Greg Jones
as Gamouflage Guard
Mick Roughan
as Belarus Convict No.2
John Walton
as Belarus Convict No.3
Anthony Chan
as Control Room Technic...
Manu Bennett
as Paco Pacheco
Jacy Lewis
as Wilkin's Assistant
Chris Palframan
as Belarus Cameraman
Neil Pigot
as Meranto
James Stewart
as Belarus Scout
Evert McQueen
as El Salvador Camerama...
Brad McMurray
as El Salvador, Guard #...
Daniel Pirrone-Cook
as El Salvador Guard #2
Robbie Reltano
as Latino Convict
Jimmy Christiansen
as Lone Technician
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News & Interviews for The Condemned

Critic Reviews for The Condemned

All Critics (100) | 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 22, 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
Top Critic

This is a fast-paced, well-made piece of garbage.

April 30, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

There's nothing wrong with enjoying a balls to the wall guy film where muscle bound behemoths blow shit up and fight to the death...

Full Review… | September 7, 2008
Cinema Crazed

An action film about a hyper-violent reality contest that quickly devolves into a monotonous series of hand-to-hand combat scenes.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

The film even attempts to make moral judgments about how watching a fight to the death is wrong, which ends up alienating anybody that sat their butt down in the theater in the first place.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

Audience Reviews for The Condemned

far more fun than it shouldve been!!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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

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

The Condemned Quotes

Breckel: What were you doing in El Salvador?
Conrad: Working on my tan.
Breckel: Why did you blow the building up?
Conrad: It was blocking my sun.
– Submitted by Geoff T (4 years ago)
Breckel: I'll ask you again. Where are you from?
Conrad: From a little fishing town just 80 miles north of Anchorage. You might have heard of it, it's called f**k your mama.
– Submitted by Sinclair C (4 years ago)

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