What was almost assuredly going to be a horrible film, actually turned out to be a pretty interesting "Battle Royale" type film that tries to say something about what these people are doing. None of it is terribly groundbreaking, but the movie never loses its way and there is something to say for that.
While some movies eventually lose way of what they were trying to do in favor of telling its message, The Condemned always remains a fun action movie. It really does keep this thing moving along at a decent pace, with always something around the corner that is a fun set piece.
Overall, The Condemned is an interesting movie that probably should never have been as good as it was. That is alright though, and it remains a movie that is better than most people will ever give it credit for.
Technical Meter: 6
Combined Score: 7