Peerless B-movie auteurism; comparable perhaps to the similarly garish and gory sci-fi satires of Verhoeven. The political subtext is rich and intelligent, while the 90s "stylisation" has dated beautifully; the entire film awash with comic book compositions, video monitor fuzz, pastels and bright neon. Take the prison itself as a microcosm for society and the message of the film has lost none of its power to incite.
Possessing an interesting if familiar approach to dystopian population control, Fortress boasts methods of reproduction and conformity management that are straightforward in their brutality. But what Fortress lacks is an expansive vision and the plot is disappointingly straightforward. Not alternative enough to be consider cult nor visionary enough to lead the way, Fortress settles for genre also-ran, a fun enough B.
Christopher Lambert is kind of a cheesy actor and this is kind of a cheesy b-movie action movie. Kurtwood Smith always plays a great bad guywhich makes this film worthy of watching.Fortress is fun film and as long as you go into it expecting a popcorn film and nothing but, you'll enjoy yourself.