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I wouldn't say Fortress 2 was an utter disaster like many of you have
I'm a big fan of the first Fortress movie, and recently while in my local Blockbuster store I spotted Fortress 2 sitting on the selves. So me being a massive Christopher Lambert & Fortress fan I jumped at the chance of renting it.
I don't like the idea of the new Fortress being located in space it doesn't work out right in the long run. Fortress 2 is pretty much the same. The intestinators from the first movie have been replaced by a sort of camera which is implanted into your brain there's the usual evil prison director controlling the Fortress and ZED the talking computer is back. Brennicks wife, Karen, is also back, but replaced with a different actor.
To cut a long story short. The Fortress has now been turned into a giant power station which is floating around in space and is owned by the Mentel co-oporation. Inmates are kept there to keep it in working order and to build new structures for the Fortress. John Brennick (Christopher Lambert) gets caught (again) and is thrown back into the Fortress. He then sets out struggling to find a way out.
Like most sequels Lambert has starred in. I feel that Fortress 2 was rushed, there's giant gaps in the movie which could of been filled in with maybe some clever dialogue or interesting scenes.
Overall, being a massive Lambert fan even I must agree that this movie is below average.
Well, lets be honest here, the first Fortress movie was nothing too
special even though it was directed by Stuart Gordon and featured some
excellent cheese filled moments. You may think that the craptacular
enjoyment provided by the first movie would translate over to the lower
budgeted, even more b sequel.
Sadly I was totally wrong with this assumption.
Things just happen in this movie... There's really no effort by the script or director to give us any characterization. We're stuck with " Brennick is in prison, now he must bust out " as soon as the movie starts.
There's plot holes galore, stupid scenes, and some terrible special FX.
Lambert must have been really hungry for the fifty or so grand he was paid to do this train wreck.
I'm a fan of cheeseball, low budget films... But they have to at least be entertaining in some form or another to be enjoyable to me. There are a few moments like that found in this film, but unless you want to see how NOT to make a movie, don't bother with this one.
1 out of 5.
I had no idea that a sequel was even being made to the 1993 movie until a
few days ago. I arrived at the cinema complex where I work and was totally
shocked to discover that a Fortress 2 had been released! The film was
officially released in Australia on 2. March, 2000, but I'm afraid it
been too popular...
We're only screening it in one small cinema and, so far, we've probably had about 200 patrons in four days (and that's being generous). Considering the fact that our largest cinema seats 500 for one session, this is not good popularity odds.
It was released suddenly, without advertisements or even posters. You could tell from the start that this was going to be an unfortunate, B-grade sequel to the enjoyable, well planned original.
Still, I thought I'd give it a go. I loved the first film and Christopher Lambert had returned to reprise his role, so I thought why not?
Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. The script was very lame, with characters suddenly having the "convenient" skills to make an escape possible at just the right time. Not much planning went into set design. There were very little of the fancy, modern gadgets of the first movie, and you can tell they were cutting costs. Much of the film was computer generated to cover the missing pieces. As for the plot - it was far too unbelievable and, dare I say it, actually quite boring.
This time, the prison is in outer space (!), and instead of those little metal tracking devices used in the first Fortress, prisoners are given a "behaviour modifier" than is implanted in their brain. These ones definitely can't be removed.
It is a rehash of the first. Christopher makes some friends inside, and then they help him to escape. None of the characters other than Chris are very likeable, and I found myself not really caring if they survived or not. Chris seemed to just cruise through the film without much effort - what more could he do?
Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good SCI-FI flick as much as anybody. Especially when Christopher Lambert is the star. I really liked the first Fortress Adventure. But it seems as if they made a sequel just for the sake of making a sequel. The basic story line is the pretty much the same as the first. Brennick gets caught by Mental, hence Brennick is once again in a prison(fortress). This time in outer space. How will our hero ever escape? I won't say too much if you havn't seen it. But what i will say is that this movie opened my eyes to a new kind of science discovery, appearently a person CAN hold his/her breath in outer space without spacesuit or helmet........right... Anyways, if you are looking for a SCI-FI flick and have NOTHING else to watch. I recommend watching this movie. The visual effects are great. Sound is respectable. You might think I didnt like this movie, actually I own the DVD. Even though this movie wasn't a huge hit, do you think we will get to see a Fortress 3: Banished to the Planet Ziest....(it would be a good tie-in for Highlander 2 or not...)
Okay, so the first wasn't anything to boast about. Ergo, the sequel is
likely to be only as good as the original, at best. Most sequels just
turn out to be a flop or pale in comparison to the first. Fortress 2 is
Years later, Brennick and his family are being hunted down by the same Men-tel Corporation that build the first Fortress. Lambert returns again as Brennick, although he is starting to show his age. Pam Grier makes a surprising appearance as one of the Men-tel corporate big wigs. Brennick is captured and sent to a new fortress in space. There is a new ZED as the HAL9000 spin off from the first Fortress. Not as much detail (costumes, SFX, etc.)are given to this sequel compared to the first. The coed nature of the prison is a bit surprising as women shower next to men. So much for privacy and heaven help you (man or woman) if you drop the soap! Liz May Brice (Resident Evil, AVP) plays Elena Rivera and gives quite a memorable performance with her shower scene.
Plot holes soon develop when Brennick and his cohorts hack into the video surveillance system. Then the film gets a bit cheesy when a retarded man gains access to ZED and recorded shower scenes fool the porn-hungry prison guards. The special effects are appropriate with such a low-budget film and the laws of gravity are stretched to extreme. All you can honestly ask after watching this is, "What did you expect?" 2/10
So Patrick Malahide is Teller, the prison governor. Okay. However, Patrick
Malahide was also Chisholm in Minder, and I don't think the filmmakers
realised just how off-putting that would be - you keep expecting a
spluttering Arfur Daley to be hustled into his office instead of a
stony-faced Chris Lambert. Well, I did, anyway.
Of course, that wouldn't be too likely as this new Fortress is in orbit 26,000 miles above Earth, which, when it's suddenly revealed (to the horror of the oblivious prisoners/"labourers"), feels like it should have been a key twist that you couldn't possibly have seen coming... bit of a shame that it's given away in the tagline on the front of the video, then.
Anyway, yeah, what everyone else said: it's Fortress 1, only not as good. The sets and effects are basically fine, some of the set pieces are pretty tense (if ridiculously set up), but the flimsy script, non-existent pacing, absence of worthwhile new ideas and charisma-free supporting cast all seem to have come from a film with one tenth of the budget - Pam Grier excepted, though she may as well not be in it at all considering the total irrelevance of her character.
And does everyone really have to talk so quietly? I know they're in prison, but Mr. Lambert always whispers everything anyway - and here so does Patrick Malahide, so get ready for a lot of scowling and rewinding if you want to follow the few halfhearted shreds of plot on offer.
Oh yeah, and that very last scene is, basically, the worst thing ever. It's not even as if The Laugh can save it, as Chris has already put The Laugh to much better effect about twenty minutes earlier...
"YOU are going to pardon ME? Heh heh heh."
He hasn't lost it.
This is a Prison movie with high-tech science fiction ,following to
¨The fortress¨directed by Stuart Gordon in which Lambert is imprisoned
because another son was born and in the future it's prohibited . In a
futuristic USA, it's forbidden to give birth to more than one child for
each woman. John (Christopher Lambert)is a rebel whom the resistance
asking for help , but he escapes to avoid the authorities in USA, which
is exactly what he and his wife Karen Brennick (Beth Toussiant
replacing Loryn Locklyn) were trying to do when with her second son
(their first child was born dead) escape. Although the motion picture
is supposed to take place 7 years after the former one (after John's
son was born) yet, in this film, his son is 10 years old. When they
think they have made it , he is discovered and put to prison . With
those odds, John still plans to getaway . Prison's chief ( Patrick
Malahide , replacing Kurtwood Smith) located in a space station is a
villain who punishes to inmates with tortures and using cruel
technological security measures. The modern prison called the
"Fortress" where the prisoners are controlled by lasers,
neutron-cannons, cameras, mind-scanners and electronic pain-causing
devices in their stomachs .Christopher Lambert along with other
prisoners (Liz May Brice, Nick Brimble, John Sharian) will face off the
director (Patrick Malahide)and his wardens (Okumoto).
The picture blends thrills, suspense ,violence,drama,action,struggles and some nudism . Special appearance of the Blaxploitiation goddess , Pan Grier. The final confrontation between the starring and baddies is stimulating and get some exciting surprises.Runtime film is adequate ,it is fast moving and is neither boring, nor tiring but bemusing. Atmospheric cinematography and adequate score fitting to action by Christopher Franke .The motion picture obtained little success and failed at Box office . This second part bears a similar argument to previous entry but isn't as nice as the first . The picture is regularly directed by Geoff Murphy who also realized the second installement to ¨Young guns¨ with more success than this one . The film will appeal to Science fiction buffs and Christopher Lambert fans . Rating 5/10 ,average .
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Fortress 2 starts as escaped convict & terrorist John Henry Brennick
(Christopher Lambert) is recaptured by the Men-Tel corporation & sent
right back to prison. Brennick is at first confident that he can escape
again but isn't so sure when he realises he is incarcerated in a prison
floating in outer space. To add to his problems are a bunch of nasty
Russian gangsters, Sato (Yuji Okumoto) one of the sadistic prison
guard's & the prison Govenor Petet Teller (Patrick Malahide) who lost
his original high powered job when Brennick escaped from the Fortress
seven years earlier & he wants revenge. However Brennick is determined
to overcome these obstacles, escape & once again see his wife & son...
Also known under the title Fortress 2: Re-Entry this Americam Luxembourg co-production was directed by Geoff Murphy & was the sequel to the surprise sci-fi action thriller success Fortress (1993) with Christopher Lambert which did quite well on video & was a pretty good film too, unfortunately Fortress 2 isn't a good film & I have no hesitation in describing it as total crap. The whole gimmick of Fortress2 being set in outer space doesn't add up to much & the scientific physics don't really convince, for instance space shuttles dock within what seems like seconds & a totally ridiculous scene in which Lambert is blasted into outer space without a spacesuit or anything & manages to 'swim' his way across to another door & survive by simply holding his breath! There'a also an unintentionally hilarious part when they fix a security camera to a Cockroach & the Govenor steps on it & Lambert goes up to the inmate who was keeping the Cockroach as a pet, puts his arm around his shoulder & ruefully says in all seriousness 'it was for a good cause'. The pace is alright & the film moves along but the story is pretty much the same as the original with Lambert trying to escape from a seemingly inescapable prison that has a slightly demented Govenor, a female computer & some sadistic prison guard's. Been there, seen it all before & brought the T-shirt.
The special effects are a mixed bag, some of the CGI computer effects are alright while others are awful. The sets look cheap & the film has an ugly look about it. The action scenes are very flat & unimpressive, they have no pace or excitement & apart from one or two half decent punch ups Fortress just doesn't deliver on the action from & since the sci-fi aspect looks so cheap & have no regard to accuracy that the whole film just doesn't work or satisfy.
With a supposed budget of about $12,000,000 I can't really see where the money went if that figure is true, filmed in Luxembourg the production values look cheap. The acting isn't anything to write home about, Lambert looks like he is just going through the motions, Patrick Malahide is awful as the main villain while veteran actress Pam Grier looks embarrassed to be here which is understandable.
Fortress 2 is a terrible sequel to a pretty decent sci-fi action thriller that didn't deserve a sequel as bad as this but got one anyway, what can I say this poor both conceptually & technically.
A sequel to cult director Stuart Gordan's fun and campy film from 1993.
This time Brennick is once again caught by the super-evil Men-Tel
corporation and locked in a facility orbiting the Earth. Naturally he
soon begins planning an escape.
Aside from the opening action scene which is OK the film starts to sink pretty fast. Relying too much on computer effects that are really sub-par - the first film cleverly used set design more than computer effects - and then there are some glaring plot devices that pretty much overshadow parts of the plot that are enjoyable. Cheesy computer effects are forgivable and can easily be looked on as a new-age camp, but the silliness of the plot of is poor script writing and that is almost impossible to forgive. You need a tight script for a good movie. Period.
Also, if you thought the end to first film was cheesy then you'll like this film even less because the ending is even ridiculous by fairy tale standards. --- 4/10
Rated R: violence and profanity
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Being a big fan of the first movie, I was a little nervous as to the
of a sequel. But today at 10.30am I was pleasantly surprised. The movie
picks up 10 years after the ending of the first one. Brennicks child is
10 years old. The child, Brennick, and his wife have been on the run from
the Mental Corporation all that time. Without spoiling the movie -
is captured and sent to a new fortress, one that orbits the
Lambert is back as Brennick and is in good form. The only other recognizable cast member is Pam Grier, basically an extended cameo. The special effects are above average for a movie with a reported budget of only 10 million. The space fortress is very convincing, as are the docking shuttles. The film looks like it cost twice as much. The anti-gravity movement outside the fortess is very realistic looking. The story itself is quite clever, a few cliches, but hey this isn't oscar material. There are several terrific action sequences, and the ending is satisfying. To be honest this is quite a gem of a movie, it had no advertising, small budget, and basically appeared out of nowhere. I found the movie to be equally enjoyable as the original. 7/10.
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