The Condemned 2 (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Roel Reiné
Starring: Randy Orton, Eric Roberts, Wes Studi
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Lionsgate Films
WWE Superstar Randy Orton and Eric Roberts ignite a powder keg of action in this explosive follow-up to The Condemned. After a failed mission to capture the leader of a deadly gambling ring (Wes Studi), bounty hunter Will Tanner (Orton) becomes the hunted–a human target in a game in which contestants must kill or be killed. As high rollers bet on who will survive, Will, his dad (Eric Roberts), and members of Will’s team wage an all-out war against the game’s mastermind (Steven Michael Quezada).
The original Condemned wasn’t very original at all, as it was basically Battle Royale with prisoners instead of kids. Still, it was a better movie than this, even if this time around they did go for a more original story, even if it is one full of plot holes, awkward moments, and things that just never do seem to gel well together no matter how hard the film tries and trust me, this movie is trying very hard. Randy Orton is a great wrestler and certainly one of the more popular and successful ones you’ll find of the modern era. Still, Orton is pretty stiff here, not that he has much material to work with. He goes through this movie as his former friends are being forced to try to kill him and it just seems very dull in general for the most part. Sure, they toss in some fights and some drones. Things blow up, blood does get spilled, but none of it has even a hint of logic to it and none of the plot seem to make even the slightest shred of sense. This movie is more awkward than a virgin on prom night and the end results is a movie that at least looks like it is trying to be funny, but getting the same result as your uncle at Thanksgiving that keeps cracking jokes that just aren’t funny. Eric Roberts is here playing the father to Orton’s character, but even he seems to be here just to be here and seems to almost realize what he’s gotten his self into and the performance shows it.
So the bad guy in this is trying to kill Orton’s character by forcing his pals to turn on him. All the while the results are being betted on and the cops only show up long enough to be in the way or to get killed. The whole thing is pretty weird, because you’d just assume the FBI would be tapped into things and you’d have a swarm of cops, not leaving all the area the movie leaves for Orton and his on again/off again pals to try to kill one another and other people. I think in the end we can say that the movie tried to be a fun pop-corn movie, but it failed there. It tried to bring the action, but being too predictable hurts that and the act isn’t even tense, which was one thing WWE’s other recent film, Twelve Rounds 3: Lockdown, had going for it. This might be something you’d want to test yourself with if you are just a loyal fan of WWE, their movies, or Randy Orton. I don’t even think fans of the mindless action variety will find enough of their type of stuff here to enjoy this one.
– A Feature on Drones
– Behind the Scenes
Quality of Transfer: 99%