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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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4 stars

far more fun than it shouldve been!!

- jmanard52, Sunday, May 11, 2008

3 stars

No, it's not good at all and very amateurish in nature, but the fact that it's Vinnie Jones vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin is worth the entire movie. There's a lot of violence, one-liners, etc. You should know what you're getting into before you watch it, expecting a masterpiece would be stupid. I actually would have liked an all villain cast, that way there's no typical good guy to root for. However, I understand that it was made to promote WWE and Mr. Stone Cold.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, August 5, 2010

4 stars

A real stone cold adrenaline-rush of an action movie. It's The Running man meets Lost. A hard-core and exhilarating action-packed thriller that is just a really fun movie to watch. It's very effective and entertaining with great characters and a pretty solid story with a satisfying conclusion. A hard-boiled thrill-ride that packs serious heat and some surprising heart deep down in it's cold attitude. Steve Austin is a surprising joy to watch on film and proves to be a very capable and entertaining action hero. Vinnie Jones is electric, he's just a blast of chaos and mad man energy to show he's an awesome bad guy.

- allan913, Sunday, June 27, 2010