Fortress This sci-fi thriller offers clever nods to antecedents that range from Alien to Stalker to The Twilight Zone , but Fortress is more than the… Fortress This sci-fi thriller offers clever nods to antecedents that range from Alien to Stalker to The Twilight Zone , but Fortress is more than the…
Video Review

Fortress (1994)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Christopher Lambert

This sci-fi thriller offers clever nods to antecedents that range from Alien to Stalker to The Twilight Zone, but Fortress is more than the sum of its homages. Christopher Lambert, who's fast becoming a sort of nouveau riche Jean-Claude Van Damme, is thrown into a corporate-run prison circa 2017 where an often-gorily enforced form of mind control keeps inmates in line. His crime? Impregnating his wife, who is also incarcerated, for an illegal second time. With help from perpetually wired Jeffrey Combs as the prison computer whiz, Lambert escapes. Director Stuart Gordon, best known for the audacious horror flick Re-Animator, throws in a good amount of his patented ickiness as well as some sharp satire.

Originally posted Feb 18, 1994 Published in issue #210-211 Feb 18, 1994 Order article reprints
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