A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No one here worthy of emulation. Everyone is party to the mayhem, from prison authorities and convicts/contestants to TV producers/techs and the FBI, whether acting, reacting, or watching.
Violence & Scariness
Nonstop: The hand-to-hand fights feature punches, kicks, crotch grabs, cut throats, throttles, arm locks, body slams, bites, head-butts, bloody faces, and broken bones; weapons include knives, chains, clubs and branches, ropes, and guns. People are thrown roughly from helicopters (one is gruesomely impaled on a stake, and others plunge into water or hit land, hard); two men rape a female contestant (indicated by reactions of viewers, and indistinct, small images on monitors). Almost every conflict has an audience: Prison guards set up a fight among inmates, TV producers watch the mayhem with alternating delight and horror, people in a bar watch with excitement until their friend looks dead (then they feel really bad), etc. There are also jokey references to blowing up a "clinic for the handicapped and mentally retarded."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female contestants wear cleavage-baring tops; a brief kiss between husband and wife turns into some groping -- which is interrupted by killers; brief scene in which a couple embraces before she kills him; reference to "titties."
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Frequent use of "f--k," plus "bulls--t," "s--t," "whore," "hell," "goddamn," "son of a bitch," "a--hole," and "c--ksucker." Derogatory uses of "gringo" and "Yankee" to mean "American," as well as "boy" and "rasta" in reference to a black man.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent cigarette smoking by cons and TV producers; Breck drinks liquor; references to drug cartels.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens who are into pro wrestling may be drawn to The Condemned by star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. This brutal action movie -- 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE CONDEMNED borrows from a number of sources, but its focus on mass media ethics calls to mind the weirdly campy Running Man. That was the movie in which game show host Richard Dawson oversaw a to-the-death contest featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger (in an astounding pink Lycra suit). In Scott Wiper's version, the men wear manly clothes, the violence is more brutal, and the dialogue is less snappy. But the overly simplified point is the apparently same: TV producers are scum. And after the film delivers nearly two hours of bloody bedlam, one character puts the blame on viewers.
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