Glenn Kenny
February 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Fortress

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Christopher Lambert, Jeffrey Combs, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith
director
Stuart Gordon
genre
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B+

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.

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