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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 [[Creator/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 Brecket, 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.
* BaldOfAwesome: Jack.
* BigBadEnsemble: Ewan [=McStarley=] and Ian Brecket.
* BrokenAesop: The film makes a major point that a program where convicts fight to the death is inhumane and cruel, 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.
* 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.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ian Brecket. A media magnate that creates an InUniverse RealLife DeadlyGame (with the express goal of having it get higher ratings than the 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 Brecket, 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.
* DeadlyGame: It's the idea of the film, actually.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of {{Deadly Game}}s of the likes of ''Literature/HungerGames'' and ''Literature/BattleRoyale''. If the Condemned took place in those settings, nobody would bat an eye as the Deadly Games in those settings are also televised (though for different reasons. Heck, some people even get excited for them), but since it takes place in the real world, almost everyone is disgusted with the concept, even if it's people who are on death row instead of youth fighting to the death. It also shows what would happen if someone ''other'' than the government ran the Deadly Game and the consequences of favoring one competitor.
** But as [[Webvideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] points out in his review, the movie ultimately fails at both this and it's YouBastard message by [[BrokenAesop criticizing the violence, yet also hypocritically playing up said violence both in content and in advertising.]]
** Not to mention that the companies that released it were Lionsgate (A company then known for releasing the {{Film/Saw}} Franchise) and WWE Films (An offshoot of a wrestling company.)
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Jack.
* 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 false backstory for insulting him.
* GeniusBruiser: Jack.
* HateSink: '''Ewan [=McStarley=]'''. Sure, he's not above torturing, raping and killing in cold blood other participants and [[spoiler: Ian's crew]], but he's actually no better than most of the participants anyway, who are convicts waiting in death row for horrendous crimes.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Excluding Goldman and Julie, [[spoiler: both Ian and his crew are killed by the men that they themselves brought to the island.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Ian
* 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 a woman 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''.
* 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's deaths and suffering quite a lot. He even adresses it while killing them. Ewan himself also is hit by this, being killed by Jack immediatly 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.
* 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, 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.
* SociopathicSoldier: [=McStarley=]. His EstablishingCharacterMoment is having his criminal file read, which mentions him being guilty of war crimes, including [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] and wanton slaughter.
* 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 unnoficial jobs for them until his prison.
* TheScapegoat: Jack.
* SirSwearsALot: Ewan, and to a lesser extent, Jack.
* VillainTeamUp: [=McStarley=] and Saiga. However, it's more of a TeethClenchedTeamwork, as both aren't exactly happy working with one another.
* 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.
* YourMom: When being interviewed, Jack tells Brecket that he comes from an Alaskan town, "Fuck Your (Ian's) Mom".
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