|Formats:||18 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Kurtwood Smith, Loryn Locklin, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Christopher Lambert|
|1hr 27 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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TOP MOVIE !!!By a customer from GLASGOW , 16 Jul 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Director Stuart Gordon's contribution to the I've-seen-the-future-and-it-sucks genre, FORTRESS is a creative and rousing sci-fi adventure. It's 2018, and America is facing a terrible overpopulation crisis. To solve the problem, a strict limit has been set on the number of children a family can have: one. When John Brennick (Christopher Lambert) and his wife, Karen (Loryn Locklin), lose their infant son, they try to have another illegally. However, they're caught and sent off to the Fortress, a supermaximum security prison from which escape is impossible. Despite the robot guards, the laser beams, the mindscanners, and the death devices planted in all inmates' stomachs, Brennick plans an escape with his wife anyway. Lambert is excellent as Brennick, the only reasonable man in an unreasonable world. Locklin is good as Karen, his wife and equal in strength of mind and will. Kurtwood Smith is gleefully evil as the sadistic prison director who is as emotionless as the machines that control him. Gordon imparts his graphic and detailed visual style to the film, as well as his usual strengths of strong character development and solid storytelling. FORTRESS is a great sci-fi escape movie that recalls THE RUNNING MAN and other prison-break films.
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brillBy a customer from Littlehampton , 13 Dec 2008this is one of the best films of its time still good these days i have brought this from ebay after renting it its that good
ALRIGHT BLOOD AND GOREBy jade (436 reviews) from London , 17 Apr 2008THIS FILM WAS BLOOD AND GORE WHJICH I LIKE THE STORYLINE WAS OKAY BUT I DID NOT FIND IT RIVETING AT SOME TIMES I DID NOT FIND IT MADE MUCH SENSE
Better than I expectedBy CatherineB (12 reviews) from Southsea , 18 Nov 2007I'm all for cheesy sci-fi movies with pretty bad acting and so I was surprised when I was given more than I bargained for with Fortress. Sure, it's still dated as the effects aren't what they could be now but it is actually a very watchable movie. Christopher Lambert makes a likeable hero and even the character of Karen doesn't come across as your typical damsel in distress, being able to hold her own. Kurtwood Smith plays the part of the villain well as he displays some depth in the character but it's the cell mates that I believe steal the movie. Abraham is an interesting character, showing what happens to people if they are in there for so long and then there's the all-important computer whizz played to perfection by Jeffrey Combs. D-Day is one of my favourite characters of his, he plays him with suc innocence that he ends up being the most likeable (and crucial) guy in the movie. Although Lambert is given the most screen time, these characters aren't too underused.
The action scenes are good and the idea itself is pretty scary, especially with computers being as advanced as they are now. Stuart Gordon proves that he can direct outside of the horror genre and still keeps up the tension, humour and action. I'm always up for an escape movie and this is definitely one of the better ones I have seen.
Overall, don't let its reputation sway you, it's a perfectly enjoyable movie if you don't expect too much out of it.
Fortress.By Cornetto (959 reviews) from Lancaster , 26 Apr 2007I actually bought this dvd, not sure why??? Pretty average, low budget sci-fi horror. It was relatively entertaining. To give credit where credit is due, there were some fantastic prision breakouts and action sequences, worth renting but not buying.
Horrible in the Highest OrderBy a customer from Wales , 19 Jun 2006This film is parp from the very begining , the plot was farsical 'intestinators' a punishment for breaking prison rules. SFX very poor. Why a decent actor like Christopher Lambert would agree to frount this low budget film is beyond me.
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