I feel "The Condemned" was a better movie for Stone Cold. He was doing more of what he loved to do and that was the whole movie's selling point. With this movie, Stone Cold's acting is supposed to be less relentless, but his acting isn't what carried this movie, it was more of his prescence. While I think it's great that he's clearly trying to do more than just be straight up aggressive, it affected his acting in the movie. His tenderness just wasn't enough to take away from the small wording as he came across stiff. It made his relationship with his love interest feel like a father/daughter bond rather than a romance(plus the girl looked too young). I suppose you could say that Austin's love interest thought of him as a misunderstood warm Teddy Bear, but this should've been addressed more for an actual judgement. Another thing about this film is that most of the characters are forgettable as they have no character development and are only necessary for the plot. Their acting was as if they were pulled from the streets and on to the screen. They made the right choice of making this go straight to DVD as the acting, chemistry, and dialogue isn't strong enough for the big screen. I will say this though, Austin would've made a great 80s action star. He's got the persona for it, and some mean looking fighting.
Frankie wasn't his love interest. There was an underlying feeling between Reno and Frankie. But not between Stone Cold and Frankie. They were more like brother sister type.