"10 will fight, 9 will die. You get to watch."
The Condemned is a 2007 film that tells the story of 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.
The Condemned contains the following tropes:
- Advancing Boss of Doom: 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.
- Bald of Awesome: Jack.
- Broken Aesop: 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 Attitude Era.
- Combat Pragmatist: Excluding Paco and Rosa, all the convicts. However, McStarley really shines on this one.
- Dark Action Girl: Yasantwa.
- Deadly Game: It's the idea of the film, actually.
- Deconstruction: Of Deadly Games of the likes of Hunger Games and Battle Royale. 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), 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.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Jack.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Goldman, who's increasingly sickened by the violence of the show and by Ian's indifference to it.
- It's Personal: 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 Paco being killed after being tortured by Ewan and Saiga, he finally accepts participating in the game.
Jack: "I'm in."
- Laser-Guided Karma: 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.
- Knife Nut: McStarley and Saiga both gain knives during the games. However, Saiga is more than excited about his knife.
- The Scapegoat: Jack.
- Genius Bruiser: Jack.
- Hate Sink: Ewan McStarley. Sure, he's not above torturing, raping and killing in cold blood other participants and 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.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Excluding Goldman and Julie, both Ian and his crew are killed by the men that they themselves brought to the island.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: 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.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Jack gives one to everyone he fights.
- Not So Different: Ewan attempts this with Jack, however, it doesn't work. However, considering the events, Ewan was probably just being sarcastic.
- Retired Badass: Zigzagged. Jack is officially retired from the Army, but he still did unnoficial jobs for them until his prison.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Ewan, and to a lesser extent, Jack.
- Villain Team-Up: McStarley and Saiga. However, it's more of a Teeth-Clenched Teamwork, as both aren't exactly happy working with one another.
- Villainous Friendship: Goldman and Ian. However, it's one-sided on Goldman's part, as Ian only cares about the money.