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The Condemned
DVD disk
10.10.2007 By: Sturdy
The Condemned order
Director:
Scott Wiper

Actors:
Steve Austin
Vinnie Jones
Robert Mammone

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ten prisoners on death row from around the world are taken to an island. While millions of people around the world watch, they will fight for their lives. Nine of them will die, and only one will make it out alive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You canít have much hope for a movie starring Stone Cold Steve Austin and produced by the WWE. However, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had watching THE CONDEMNED. It had an under-developed story, bad acting, horrible dialogue and cheesy characters, but it sure was fun to watch.

Thereís something about the idea of getting 9 bad guys and 1 good guy together and making them kill each other that you just know is going to be fun. Iím glad to say that itís as much fun as you probably expect. Thereís plenty of action and itís easy to root for the good guy (Stone Cold) because he has that typical action hero persona we havenít seen since the heyday of Arnold and Sly. And like his predecessors, I enjoyed watching him beat the hell out of the bad guys without breaking a sweat.

I also liked Vinnie Jones in a typical crazy bad guy role. He seemed to enjoy playing the psycho killer and I enjoyed watching him go nuts with the role. The rest of the characters were your typical hodgepodge of supporting characters with no one stepping up and no one stinking up the screen. All in all, THE CONDEMNED was what you expected it to be, but maybe a little more so.

However, as much fun as I had, the film is far from perfect. Itís really two separate movies. One focuses on ďthe condemnedĒ prisoners fighting and the other focuses on the evil producer and his band of supporters. The storyline with the producer is actually where most of the bad acting comes from. There was also a half-hearted attempt to make the movie a statement on the problem with society, but in a movie like this, itís hard to take that kind of message seriously, especially when the movieís real-life producers make their living off promoting violence. But anyway, thatís a minor annoyance and shouldnít take away from the fun of watching people beat each other up
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Steve Austin and Scott Wiper: I donít like wrestling at all. In fact, itís safe to say that I absolutely hate it. However, after listening to this commentary, Iím a fan of Stone Cold. Heís a cool dude and he and Scott Wiper are fun to listen to. They donít take themselves too seriously and they seem like theyíre having a good time. This is definitely one to listen to if you have the time.

Commentary with Scott Wiper: This one is a letdown, mainly because itís Scott Wiper watching the movie and occasionally talking about it. All in all, I donít know why they included this one. Solo commentaries are very hard to do anyway, and this one was a waste after watching the first one.

The Making of Condemned (37:54): These are actually five featurettes that can be watched separately, or all together. There are waaaaaayyyy too many movie clips to make this a recommend, but if you canít get enough of the film, this will help. The interviews with the cast and crew are pretty decent and itís always nice to see Stone Cold out of character.

Stone Cold at Movie World (1:51): This is Stone Cold in Australia promoting the film. Itís quick and doesnít offer too much, so it should have been included in the other featurettes.

Capital Carnage Reunion (3:22): I had no idea Vinnie Jones appeared on a WWE wrestling event. He did. This featurette chronicles that event and is pretty cool if youíre a Vinnie Jones fan or a wrestling fan. I liked this and thought it was a fun time.

There are also some Previews and some Storyboard sequences
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you want a fun night at the movies, go ahead and pick up a copy of THE CONDEMNED. It was a fun ride and is sure to please those looking for a testosterone driven action film. Despite the problems, the majority of the film is a blast.
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