This has to rank up there with other great/naff over-the-top 80's sci-fi movies like Total Recall. Fortress has to be one of the best movies to play "spot-the-red-jersey" game. ( The guy with the red jersey was always the first to be killed in Star Trek episodes, the expendable extra. ) All your basic cliches are here, the tough nut, the tough nut's sidekick, the brainy one, the young kid and the wise old man and you just know every one has a red jersey waiting for them at some point! Of course you can't have an 80's movie without Kurtwood Smith playing the bad guy, it just wouldn't be right. Lambert was never a stunning actor at the best of times and this is no exception, slightly wooden acting and the obligatory utter nonsense over the top sex-scene that the Actor's Guild must have insisted be in every 80's movie!
If you're over 35 you'll have seen this film being advertised when you were a kid but you couldn't watch it. Well now you can for a budget price, get your mates round, couple of pizzas and a few beers and have damn good laugh!
I have to admit though that the first 5 minutes of the film are a little too prophetic considering the hoops we now have to jump through to gain access the US, post 9/11! Creepy!