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The Condemned

action & adventure, drama

Jack Conrad is a death row prisoner in a corrupt Central American prison who is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer to take part in an illegal reality game show.

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PAUSE for kids age 16
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Convicts fight to the death in reality-TV debacle.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens who are into pro wrestling may be drawn to this brutal action movie by star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The film -- which centers on the idea of a fight-to-the-death reality TV show -- is packed with aggressive, bloody, loud "realistic" violence: Characters punch, kick, throttle, body slam, bite, and head-butt each other in fights (not to mention cut throats and grab crotches), and weapons include guns, knives, chains, clubs, and ropes. People are thrown roughly from helicopters (one is gruesomely impaled on a stake, while others plunge into water or hit land, hard) and fall from cliffs and against rocky mountainsides. Two men rape a female contestant (the scene is indistinct on screen but causes visible upset). Language includes many uses of "f--k" and plenty of other swear words. Lots of cigarette smoking and a bit of drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about violence on television and, increasingly, in Web videos. What are the effects of watching such violence? What's the best way to deal with this ongoing problem? Should access to programming be limited or regulated? If so, who should be in charge of regulating it -- studios? Parents? The government? Should there be fines or other costs for breaking regulation rules? How does this movie make a case against media violence even as it delivers exactly that? Families can also discuss reality TV. Do you think any reality show would ever go this far? Why or why not?

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3 stars

Not bad for a WWE movie, McMahon releases a few of its entertainment-management techniques in the big screen. I thought this would be somewhat corny, despite the camera shots in the fight scenes, I still kinda liked this. Wouldnt really have watched this if it wasnt for the interesting combination of Vinnie Jones and Austin anyway. Plot: An adrenalin-charged action thriller, "The Condemned" tells the story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. The producer films the illegal event, airing the killings live and uncensored onto the internet.

- Gx7, Tuesday, June 24, 2008

1 star

I'll break it down real easy for you: The Running Man meets Battle Royale, with some OUT OF THIS WORLD Michael Bay-esque cinematography! Oh, and of course the big, bald wrestler is Texan! (I died every single time he opened his mouth to spurt out those ridiculously cheesy lines that were given to him!) And really, what was with the completely random moral turn of this movie? Personally, I know I'll be glued to the screen when some brilliant fool decides to produce a show like this!

- cigaretteburns, Sunday, July 13, 2008

3 stars

A pretty decent if violent action film with backing from the WWE. The story is pretty good, although it starts to get a bit repetitive as it goes on. Reminded me slightly of the Running Man. Overall a lot better than I expected and Vinnie Jones is good as the bad guy, as always.

- Deano78, Saturday, September 6, 2008