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Fortress [1994]

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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Clifton Collins Jr., Lincoln Kilpatrick
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Writers: David Venable, Steven Feinberg, Terry Curtis Fox, Troy Neighbors
  • Producers: Graham Burke, Greg Coote, Irene Dobson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Swiss German, English, French, Finnish, Norwegian, Greek, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CZ5A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,295 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A sci-fi prison escape movie with Christopher Lambert as an ex-army expert imprisoned for thirty years when his wife becomes illegally pregnant for the second time. Once inside he seeks to escape, but an exploding device has been implanted in his stomach and the Governor is watching his dreams on video.

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The story of Fortress takes place in drastically overpopulated America of the year 2017, where each woman is allowed only one pregnancy. John Brennick (Christopher Lambert) and his wife Karen (Loryn Locklin) flee to Mexico when she becomes pregnant after the death of their first child. They are captured by border police and sent to the Fortress, a subterranean high-security prison owned by the Men-Tel corporation and operated by "Zed-10", an omnipotent computer system, and a sadistic, genetically "enhanced" warden (Kurtwood Smith) who has nefarious plans involving Brennick's wife and unborn child. Along with his cellmates (including Jeffrey Combs, a favourite of director Stuart Gordon), Brennick plots a breakout and Fortress shifts into auto-pilot action mode.

After making his reputation with such audacious horror films as From Beyond and Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon graduated to a bigger budget with Fortress but his penchant for exploitation remains deliriously intact. While borrowing elements from a variety of better sci-fi movies, Fortress indulges every prison-flick cliché, but does it with such enjoyable B-movie vigour that it qualifies as a bona-fide guilty pleasure (indeed, it deserves to be ranked with James Cameron's original Terminator in terms of its budgetary ingenuity). Featuring such giddy (and gory) devices as "intestinators" (deadly obedience devices implanted in prisoners' bodies) and a torturous "Mind Wipe Chamber", this is really just a drive-in action movie with lofty ambitions and the schlocky script hasn't a prayer of rising above the level of juvenile popcorn fodder. But there's no denying the energy and enthusiasm that Gordon brings to the film, which understandably became a global box-office hit and spawned a 1999 sequel starring Lambert and Pam Grier. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com



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