I thought Condemned was going to be a completely different movie. Some kind of rapey/revengy thing that had to do with taking the bouegouis to task for invading squatter space. Nope. That’s not what it was at all, and it ended up being a whole lot more fun and a whole lot more gross than I could have ever imagined. In my mind that means I got a treat. A surprise, pleasant. RLJ/Image is putting out Condemned on Blu-ray, and it has more to offer than just your standard issue torture porn.
I enjoyed the strange infection effects that seemed to create monsters out of well meaning folks. These went for the supreme gross out and occasionally succeeded in me feeling just a wee bit nauseous. I can deal with that. No one is safe, and by the end you’re wondering if Condemned will be the next REC (and I soooo love REC). It isn’t as scary as REC mind you, and in fact for the most part this movie benefits from a strange anarcho-dom that has control of the building and could be the perfect candidate as the next member of Rammstein. This fella gave me the willies at times.
Don’t look for much new here. It’s an effects driven movie that has an interesting setting and some fairly good actors. Condemned does not set out to reinvent the wheel, but simply tells a story effectively with good Horror moments.
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Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend, who is squatting in an old condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.