Friday, March 30, 2012

The Hunger Games is a Ripoff of The Condemned

I bet you haven't heard that one yet.  Probably thought I was going to say "Battle Royale" like everybody else.

But obviously, "The Hunger Games" is inspired by the 2007 classic "The Condemned."

The movie features Stone Cold Steve Austin as a prisoner awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American country until he's purchased by a wealthy reality TV producer  and forced to participate in a televised fight to the death against nine other convicted killers for a chance at freedom.

Spoiler alert,  Austin wins.  I know it seems so improbable now, but he does.

Clearly the author of "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins ignored the film's 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and viewed this film.

Then she realized it was such a masterpiece that she had to write a young adult version of "The Condemned."  It's the most logical explanation.

Let's face it, Katniss Everdeen is really just the female version of Austin's character.

I'm not sure Jennifer Lawrence can compete with the performance of Austin though.  Anybody who thought he couldn't carry a movie was dead wrong.  Sure Austin can, just not a good movie.

He really shines in the last 10 to 15 minutes of the movie where inexplicably there's not a a single word of dialogue.  I guess there's only so many witty quips you can fit in a 113 minute movie.

Hey wait a minute,  I think "The Artist" must have ripped off "The Condemned" too.


  1. Well Vinnie Jones should have played on Hunger Games and he shouldve blown everybody away in the Capital with a bunch of guns.

  2. the condemened was a billion times better to watch than hunger games.

  3. the chicken is out of the hornets nest, i repeat the chicken is out of the hornets nest

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  5. Deee333eeEEEEEEEEEEm!?June 5, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Actually its based off the novel, though yes I will admit that the two films do have striking similarities. Only that The Condemned takes place in real-world places and Hunger Games takes in a fictional setting, Panem - which is basically North America that has been shrunken due to natural disasters.

  6. Well the novel was written after the movie came out so it's possible if not plausible

  7. Well the novel was written after the movie came out so it's possible if not plausible