Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Condemned

I didn't have high hopes for this World Wrestling Entertainment vehicle, but it had some surprisingly good reviews, and was available to rent on Blu-ray, so I thought I'd give it a try.

The storyline is simple, put 10 death-row prisoners on an island with the aim of only one of them leaving it alive.

So far, so predictable. But the sub-plot is that there are web-cams across the island, and evil millionaire Ian Breckel (Robert Mammone) is betting that millions of people across the world will pay $50 per person to watch the show online.

Although there are going to be no Oscars awarded for the acting, the growing realisation among Breckel's employees that this is very, very wrong is well played, and the way that the 'entertainment' they are creating becomes reality is well-paced and involving.

Man-mountain Steve Austin plays the 'good-guy' part well and, after a shaky start, Vinny Jones brings a convincing damaged nastiness to his familiar 'baddie' role.

As an action movie that will provoke a little thought, this one is worth a watch, and if you have the facility to watch it in Blu-ray, the 1080p image quality is superb.

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