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[[caption-width-right:299:''"10 will fight, 9 will die. You get to watch."'']]

''The Condemned'' is a 2007 film that tells the story of [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Jack Conrad]], an American convict waiting in death row, as he, along with 9 other convicts from different countries, is brought to an island by television producer Ian Breckel, who plans to pit them in a competition where they must kill each other, so that the last one standing after 30 hours gains freedom.

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!!''The Condemned'' contains the following tropes:

* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Jack turns into this for Ewan in the last stages of the games, specially when he kills Saiga without barely any effort. It's so bad that Ian orders a shotgun to be given to Ewan to "even" things out.
* AllThereInTheManual: The full rap sheets of every single condemned are only available online in locations like the film's Wikipedia page. We only get the stories of three of them on-screen (Jack's, Ewan's and Mackie's).
* AssholeVictim: InvokedTrope: Breckel requests incredibly despicable yet badass people (like death row condemned) in order to make those who watch the contest feel good about seeing them die (and because getting them out of third-world prisons is as simple as slipping some bucks to the warden). However, Breckel's manipulations in making the contestants kill and torture each other and blatant disregard for anything resembling decency marks him and his crew as just as awful, and begs the question of how much of punishing an asshole victim is justified if the one who's punishing is just as despicable.
* BaldOfAwesome: Jack.
* BigBadEnsemble: Ewan [=McStarley=] and Ian Breckel.
* BrokenAesop: The film makes a major point that a program where convicts fight to the death is inhumane and cruel as well as criticizing viewers for supporting such barbarity, though the marketing capitalizes on that exact point, especially with the tagline. It becomes funny when you realize that this was made by two companies who are known for their violence (Lionsgate, which is known for the Saw franchise and WWE, a wrestling company) ''and'' that the leading actor is best known for being the poster boy for the Wrestling/AttitudeEra.
* CaptainObviousAesop: Having criminals fight to the death online is wrong. That more people will rather watch a snuff film than the Super Bowl is too much of a stretch for an allegory.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The manual detonation capability of the [[ExplosiveLeash explosive anklets]] is used repeatedly throughout the movie.
* CombatPragmatist: Excluding Paco and Rosa, all the convicts. However, [=McStarley=] really shines on this one.
* CondemnedContestant: The game pits 10 condemned criminals from prisons around the world against another.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ian Breckel. A media magnate that creates an InUniverse RealLife DeadlyGame (with the express goal of having it get higher ratings than the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl) for the money and possibly the ennui, doesn't gives a damn about the horror he unleashed, points out the hypocrisy of modern-day MediaWatchdog mentality on an televised interview, [[spoiler: strangles Goldberg to death when he confronts Breckel, and plans to escape the island leaving the entire filming crew to be arrested when he gets confirmation that the authorities know where they are]], plus showing some favoritism for [=McStarley=] and Saiga, [[spoiler: only to toss the former under the bus as well]], [[BullyingADragon not that it was such a good idea]]. [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating Everybody]], even [=McStarley=], [[EvenEvilHasStandards is sick of him by the film's end]].
* DarkActionGirl: Yasantwa. Also a FemmeFatale since she was known to seduce men before killing them. Same with Rosa but she doesn't last as long.
* DeadlyGame: It's the idea of the film, actually: Breckel wanting to do one of this within InUniverse RealLife. It becomes deconstructed because, realistically, people are horrified with the idea (to the point that the event needs to be aired on a "snuff" site, and compared to the alleged billions of people that see these kind of games on other stories, the fact that it brings enough viewers to average that of a Super Bowl airing doesn't really sounds that impressive), without the support of a government willing to go the BreadAndCircuses route it is illegal as all hell (and Breckel wasn't arrested before the whole thing started because nobody else thought he was serious, and an important sub-plot is the FBI trying to trace the feed to send agents to get him), and only the truly psychotically amoral (read "only Breckel") would consider to keep going with the project (and force everybody else to carry on) once they actually see people suffering and dying (InUniverse) for real.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Jack, who somehow ends up exonerated from the crimes millions saw him commit on the Internet, his own immoral actions under the government, and is brought home to his estranged wife and step-children.
* ExplosiveLeash: The explosive ankle bracelets on the titular condemned, which will explode when time runs out, they are attempted to be removed without the proper key, [[ChekhovsGun or you pull a small red tab on it, after a 10 second countdown]]. They also have GPS trackers to keep tabs on the contestants, but Jack manages to spoof that later in the movie.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Goldman, who's increasingly sickened by the violence of the show and by Ian's indifference to it.
* EvilIsPetty: Ian gives Jack a false backstory that paints him as a psychotic child-killing RightWingMilitiaFanatic for insulting him.
* FreudianExcuse: Played with. [=McStarley=] mentions he was raped while serving time in an African prison. However Jack calls it out mentioning that doesn't excuse all the atrocities he committed. Also, it's hinted he was lying in order to making appear himself more sympathetic to Jack.
* GeniusBruiser: Jack. The man spends some time on the chopper doing a SherlockScan to figure out how to go back to the production camp.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Excluding Goldman and Julie, [[spoiler: both Ian and his crew are killed by the men that they themselves brought to the island.]]
* ImmoralRealityShow: "The Condemned" is an InUniverse RealLife DeadlyGame. The fact that it's [[MurderDotCom online-PPV-only]] is a small nod towards the fact that ''nobody'' would dare broadcast a show like this in TV in real life. Still, it gets the ratings Brecket wanted (higher than the average UsefulNotes/SuperBowl) by the end.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Ian. And he certainly has no problem tossing anybody under the bus to keep himself out of jail, alive and reaping in the millions.
* ItsPersonal: Until that part of the film, Jack only cared about finding a way out of the island, refusing to participate in the game even when Paco asked him for help to kill [=McStarley=] and Saiga in revenge for killing Rosa. However, once he sees [[spoiler: Paco being killed after being tortured by Ewan and Saiga]], he finally accepts participating in the game.
--> '''Jack:''' "I'm in."
* KillTheCutie: There's a horrible scene of Rosa being raped and killed (behind a tree, for what that's worth) while her husband was forced to listen. Wikipedia shows the character of Rosa (played by Dasi Ruz) to have "stood by her man during the duo's merciless killing spree, which landed her a seat next to her husband on death row. Charges of prostitution flesh out her mile long rap sheet." Nevertheless, it was one of the scenes which established ''TheDragon'' and was shown as so abhorrent that it portrayed Brecket as crossing the MoralEventHorizon to even his own crew.
* KnifeNut: [=McStarley=] and Saiga both gain knives during the games. However, Saiga is more than excited about his knife.
* LargeHam: [=McStarley=] at times, with much aplomb by Vinnie Jones. Including a brief AGodAmI slip while he [[spoiler: machine guns the whole filming crew]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Ewan killing Ian's crew, who were enjoying seeing the games and the convicts' deaths and suffering quite a lot. He even addresses it while killing them. Ewan himself also is hit by this, being killed by Jack immediately after it.]]
* ManipulativeEditing: Not a direct example (the feed is never touched), but still. When Jack refuses to tell Brecket [[WhatAreYouInFor the reason why if he in jail]], Ian immediately orders for Jack to be given a false backstory as a member of TheKlan and your typical crazy militant redneck, plus providing Ewan and Saiga with supplies more often. Brecket also wanted a MultinationalTeam of convicts for the sake of ratings, raging about not being able to get an Islamic extremist convict (to attract Middle Eastern audiences) until [[EstablishingCharacterMoment he saw]] [[CurbStompBattle Jack fight]].
* MurderDotCom: Aptly, "The Condemned Dot Com". With live video access. Credit card only. Somehow it gets more viewers than the Super Bowl near the end (even though, as Film Brain points out, the Super Bowl isn't a pay-per-view event, and thus has a far lower bar to viewership).
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: After a failed attempt to confront Ian, Goldman keeps this view. However, once Goldman sees that Ian's gonna betray everyone, he takes a more physical confrontation, which, unfortunately, doesn't end well.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Jack gives one to everyone he fights.
* NotSoDifferent: Ewan attempts this with Jack since they both performed DirtyBusiness for their country and repaid by being abandoned and left to rot in foreign prisons, however, it doesn't work. However, considering the events, Ewan was probably just being sarcastic.
* OhCrap / WhyAmITicking: The reaction of all the contestants when the [[ExplosiveLeash explosive anklets]] are first triggered.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Beckett lets out a slew of anti-Arabic slurs when complaining about his Islamic extremist convict being murdered. Also, [[=McStarley=]] who's a blatant racist and misogynist who's even known to have committed the only rape in the film.
* SociopathicSoldier: [=McStarley=]. His EstablishingCharacterMoment is having his criminal file read, which mentions him being guilty of war crimes, including [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] and wanton slaughter. He even lampshades it to highlight the difference between Jack and himself in that both have committed horrible acts under service for their government but unlike Jack, [=McStarley=] enjoyed the horrors he committed.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Several of the characters don't speak English (ex. Saiga). They don't get subtitles, but you can get some understanding of what they're saying from context.
* RedShirt: The Italian convict. His screen time is both his reaction to having an ExplosiveLeash attached to his ankle and boasting how he's going to "eat" everybody on the chopper... [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and then he gets impaled on the remains of a boat when dropped from said chopper]], [[{{Anticlimax}} right when the game officially starts]].
* RetiredBadass: Zigzagged. Jack is officially retired from the Army, but he still did unofficial jobs under Delta Force Black Ops operations for them in various countries until he was captured and placed into a Salvadorian prison for a year without ratting out his superiors. It's mentioned he has killed more people than any of the contestants including [=McStarley=].
* TheScapegoat: Jack.
* SirSwearsALot: Ewan, and to a lesser extent, Jack.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: One of the film's most notorious scenes is a reporter arguing in favor of censorship. Bracket's response is an outright defiance of this mentality -- it's not ''his'' job to think of who will see his work (either deliberately nor accidentally).
* TitleDrop: Both the name of [[MurderDotCom the Pay-Per-View website with the game's feed]] and the final speech by the reporter that interviewed Breckett ("Are ''we'' the condemned?").
* TokenGoodTeammate: Julie, Breckel's girlfriend, who grows increasingly disgusted by her boyfriend's cruelty and tries to convince the other crew members to stop him but is ignored for her trouble. She ends up helping Jack kill Breckel by giving him an exploding anklet to throw at his helicopter before disappearing, presumably to be arrested by the authorities.
** Kreston Mackie may have been the only "good" contestant since he was imprisoned for running away from a death penalty charge to Malaysia, meeting a native woman, and then being betrayed by that woman when she reported possession charges while he had more than ten pounds of illegal drugs on his person putting him in death row again. He even admitted he didn't want to kill anyone and just wanted to get the explosive ankle off himself when he had Yasantwa at his mercy.
* YouBastard: The reporter who interviews Brecket gives a speech about this when she comments how "The Condemned Dot Com" website only gained success due to millions of viewers willingly logging on and paying to view the horrors committed and that they are just as much to blame for Brecket because he only capitalizes on their sadism.
* VillainTeamUp: [=McStarley=] and Saiga. However, it's more of a TeethClenchedTeamwork, as both aren't exactly happy working with one another and Saiga immediately tries to kill [=McStarley=] once he thinks they're the last two contestants standing.
* VillainousFriendship: Goldman and Ian. However, it's one-sided on Goldman's part, as Ian only cares about the money.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: While Paco and Rosa are both mass-murderers, they both only try to find each other during the games, even running away from other participants. Plus their tortures and deaths are used to make the perpetrators out to be even worse.
* YourMom: When being interviewed, Jack tells Brecket that he comes from an Alaskan town, "Fuck Your (Ian's) Mom".
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