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The Condemned 2

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Needless, dumb sequel has lots of big, loud violence.

Movie R 2015 90 minutes
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Having almost nothing to do with 2007's The Condemned aside from the idea of an illegal gambling ring, this sequel is all action, with no brains, character, or emotional involvement. And the curious casting of Roberts as Orton's father yields nothing; no father-son bonding or heartfelt moments are to be found anywhere. Moreover, it's very hard to get behind Orton, since his character is so easily and repeatedly fooled.

Other characters are interchangeable, and it's a shame that dependable character actor Studi disappears from the movie so early. Director Roel Reine tries to use drones and surveillance to say something about human nature, but his message is lost among the explosions. THE CONDEMNED 2 feels like something that might have been released on VHS in the 1980s; it's a totally needless sequel, all spectacle with absolutely nothing at stake, and only worthwhile if you turn off your brain.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 6, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: January 19, 2016
  • Cast: Eric Roberts , Wes Studi , Randy Orton
  • Director: Roel Reine
  • Inclusion Information: Indigenous actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence throughout and language
  • Last updated: February 12, 2024

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