I believe that Roger Ebert had it right. Evaluate the movie based on
how well they made it fit the genre. As such, this one is okay. You
need to see more than REC or Quarantine as progenitors. This one
involved some New York type filmmakers/actors. They did a very good job
on sets, costumes, lighting,etc. I don't look for total character
coherence in a flick in which everyone is going mad. Even, before they
went mad, they were marginally mad or disturbed to begin with. The
movie was pretty well made for a low budget effort. The only thing that
looked fake was some of the CGI blood spatter and one projectile
vomiting scene. You can also see Johnny Messner playing against type. I
didn't realize it was him until I realized that he had almost the same
hairdo that he wore in Tears of the Sun.There were also a bunch of
faces that look familiar but whose names always escape you.
This movie did not remind me of REC or Quarantine, as much as some say. They were also derivative. Yes, there were many similar elements that appeared in those films and Condemned.But if anything, this story was absolutely most like a New York based film that predated those two.
If you liked Condemned then see Mulberry Street (2006), a film with very close themes and development. This connection jumped to mind after the first few minutes or so of watching Condemned. The writer/star of Mulberry St. is Nick Damici who has a small cameo in Condemned. So see Mulberry St. and if you liked that then watch Stakeland, Damici's take on vampires. In it you will see scenes, sets, and situations that although not wholly original, look like they might be one of the proximate inspirations for The Walking Dead.
Action / Horror
Action / Horror
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.
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