Condemned Blu-ray Review
“Condemned” is what this movie should be.
In “Condemned,” a wealthy young girl (Maya) runs away from her argumentative parents to live with her boyfriend and their 2 friends in a rent free condemned building. The rundown building is filled with weird tenants that include drug addicts, a drug maker, an eccentric landlord, and so forth. As the film jumps from person to person in a dizzying music video like fashion, we (the audience) discover that a virus begins to spread throughout the building causing gross sores, bleeding, vomiting, hallucinations, and murderous rage.
As 2015 comes to a close, many critics have begun to post or compile their “best and worst of the year” lists. It’s a good thing I have waited to post mine as I have found a prime candidate for the “worst films of 2015” section.
Make no mistake about it, “Condemned” is flat-out unwatchable. From the poorly shot cinematography and unlikable characters (as in all of them) to the repulsive “action” and seemingly endless scenes of characters running or walking around, the film offers nothing of value. It’s entirely devoid of originality and it looks like a cheap student film. It feels as if writer/director Eli Morgan Gesner had access to a building and quickly came up with some hackneyed ideas to build a movie around.
Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The dark and cruddy cinematography doesn’t even look good in hi-def.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Not so good. It is hard to hear the dialogue in spots.
* A 97 minute cast table reading.
* 17 minutes of interviews with cast members Jon Abrahams, Jordan Gelber, Lydia Hearst, Johnny Messner, Dylan Penn, Genievieve Hudson-Price, Ronen Rubenstein talk about characters, the director, the project, the plot, low budget, acting, and so on.
* “TV’s Entertainment Tonight Canada On-Set Interview Wth Dylan Penn”- The title says it all.
* 42nd Street Mode- A live audience commentary option to give viewers the impression of watching it in the theater. Rather pointless really.
* RLJ Entertainment trailers.
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