A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control…
Release Year: 1992
Rating: 5.6/10 (10,137 voted)
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith
A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control. The resulting prison experience is the subject of the movie. The prison is a futuristic one run by a private corporation bent on mind control in various ways.
Writers: Troy Neighbors, Steven Feinberg
John Henry Brennick
Prison Director Poe
Karen B. Brennick
Clifton Collins Jr.
(as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Eric Briant Wells
Bio Scanner Guard
A Prison of the Future. A High-Tech Hell. Built to Hold Anything… Except an Innocent Man.
Release Date: 3 September 1993
Filming Locations: Queensland, Australia
Box Office Details
Did You Know?
A shovel is used as a weapon.
While passing the supposed US/Mexican border, there are signs in English and Spanish saying that it is a crime to cross the border. However, the English sign has the word "offence" (as it would be spelled in Australia, where the film was made).
John Henry Brennick:
[plotting the escape]
Going out won't be fun.
D-Day, the Computer Geek:
No, but, man it's gonna be a trip!
Excellent futuristic fantasy!
Well, it may not be everyone's cup of tea and it certainly has it's
flaws – but for me at least, Fortress is one of the most fun B-movies
released in the nineties, and that's no surprise considering it's
helmed by the great Stuart Gordon! One of the main reasons why Fortress
works so well is because it puts its focus in one place and every
imaginative element of the film goes towards furthering the central
plot. The title refers to the impregnable privately owned prison of the
title. We are introduced to this penitentiary and its various pitfalls
right from the start and while it's not hard to see where the film is
going to go, it does at least make you wonder how it's going to get
there. The central characters are John and Karen Brennick – a couple
sent to the Fortress after she becomes pregnant with a second child,
thus breaking a futuristic population control law. However, John isn't
happy to just rot away in jail, and despite the numerous pitfalls that
makes the Fortress escape proof – along with his fellow prisoners, he
plots to escape with his wife.
The basis of Fortress is your classic prison escape movie, the only
difference being the prison at the centre of the tale. The Fortress
itself is certainly made good use of as the inventive methods in place
to stop the prisoners escaping are constantly kept at the forefront of
the audience's mind. The film really is never boring for a minute; if
there isn't something directly going on in the movie then Gordon is
using the time to build up the situation that the prisoners find
themselves in. The film features a good B-movie cast, with 'Highlander'
Christopher Lambert taking the lead role. Lambert is hardly a great
actor, but he at least looks the part and his athleticism serves him
well. Loryn Locklin isn't given much to do as the leading lady, but the
rest of the support cast includes the likes of Lincoln Kilpatrick,
Vernon Wells (who, coincidently, was also in the 1986 Australian movie
of the same title!) and Jeffrey Combs, who is just great as always.
Kurtwood Smith is probably the biggest standout, however, as the
maniacal head of the Fortress. This film really features everything you
could ever want from a B-movie – constant action, imagination and some
hilarious performances. It all boils down to a suitably over the top
climax and while this might not be the best film ever made – its one
hell of a lot of fun and I certainly recommend it!