In the not-so-distant future Earth is controlled by a giant corporation called Men-Tel. After escaping from a maximum security prison known as The Fortress renagade John Brennick (Christopher Lambert) and his wife and son ... more »are fugitives on the run. But Brennick is soon apprehended again and placed in a futuristic state-of-the-art maximum security prison recently completed by Men-Tel. Orbiting 26000 miles from Earth the prison houses the planet's most fierce criminals forcing them to perform dreaded space labor amidst meteor showers and other harsh elements. Here Brennick is locked down by hi-tech security jail cells and surrounded by an elaborate system of computer surveillance devices including a camera placed inside his body. If Brennick ever wants to be re-united with his wife and son he has no hope but to try to escape an idea that was never thought possible... until now!System Requirements:Running Time: 92 Min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: R UPC: 043396048898« less
"When I saw Fortress I was very impressed by it. Fortress was a very interesting story that showed us how several people escaped out of high-tech prison that even controled prisoners thoughts. Fortress 2: Re-Entry unlike the original has an atmosphere of a B-type sci-fi movie. In fact, fortress (or what supposed to be a high-tech prison) in this sequel had an atmosphere of some group home for mentally retarded. As for me it did not look like a high-tech prison at all. There were many other things in the movie that made it totally unrealistic and unbelivable. For example a part when our main hero (played by Lambert) takes a deep breath and jumps in to the space to get from one part of the satellite to the other. That is nonsense, you cannot be in the outer space without a protective costume. (Can't they talk to someone who knows little about science) When I reached that particular part of the movie I lost all of the remaining respect that I had for it completely. This is nothing more than a cheap, boring, poorly thought out, sequel to a good movie."
Sequel lacks the budget and performances of the original
Alex | Dublin, PA USA | 08/01/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Although I really enjoyed the original movie, "Fortress 2: Re-entry" is disappointing in comparison. The film offers a promising storyline: John and Karen Brennick are shown 10 years later with their son, hiding from the MenTel Corporation. John is eventually captured and sent to a prison space station to serve his sentence for having another child, while Karen and her son are still being pursued by MenTel. Again, John is driven to escape from this dismal prison. The magic that made the first "Fortress" work is not present in this film. The special effects are of poor quality, and the actors' performances are not very good. This movie may be worth renting just to see what happens to the characters from the first film."
It needs a lot more work
Ironman | Carmel, IN USA | 04/07/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ten year after the events of the Fortresss, Lambert is back in this mediocre sequel to a classic. Christopher Lambert returns as Braddock, the father who had one to many kids. It takes place ten years later, the kid is healthy and the family are continuously on the run from Mentel. Eventualy Lambert gets caught and is put in the new Fortress, a space prison that is in space (that will hold them). With some scenes of violence, nudity, and language this is your typical Sci-Fi borefest. So if the movie is so bad why give it 3 stars? The acting was fairly decent and I liked the setting. Also the story was pretty good, it's just that the acting needed some seriouse work, and laser effects looked like they were done in the late 70's early 80's, not 1998.It's recommended that you check into this so you can see the conclusion of the story. However it's not entirly neccessary because you can easily just be happy with how the first one ended."
Re-Entry is Pure Re-Hash (Somewhat Good Re-Hash)
Armando M. Mesa | Chandler, AZ | 05/27/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of those sci-fi sequel films where the concept was great along with some of the actors, yet leaves you with a bland feeling. The special effects and futuristic weaponry, gadgets and contraptions (brain pain/optic security camera implanted in the prisoners' bodies)are some of the better ones around for a sci-fi b-movie like this. As for Lambert, he's one of those actors where he's always teetering between mediocre acting ability and bonafide dramatic acting ability. It is a sequel where Lambert's character and family are runaway fugitives from a ruthless robotic prison system which he and several others destroyed in the last film.The underlying sub-plot for the sequel stems from the original where families are only allowed by law to have one child due to the devastating population growth.The main characters first child was a still born; they proceed to "illegally" procreate for another one and try to cross the Mexican border to guarantee that the child is born free and safe. The bit of tongue-and-cheek irony here is that in the future Americans are trying to escape the U.S. and cross the line into Mexico to get away from the oppression and police . Lambert's character and wife get caught by the police at the U.S./Mexican border and the rest is history seen in Fortress One. As for Re-Entry, if I explain the plot all will be given away;can't do that. It is a dvd worthy of a weekend rental when you're bored. Otherwise, Bladerunner or StarWars it is not...Viewers who have seen Fortress One take note of Fortress Two; the actress who plays Lambert's wife in Re-Entry somehow became more voluptuous and sexier (despite the fact she's been a fugitve on the run for ten years). Hmmm..."
It was never going to compare to the original I suppose ....
David Graham a.k.a. The Glider | Birmingham,England,UK | 08/19/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"All the same,this sequel to one of the greatest Sci-Fi/Action hits of the '90's is a big let-down.It looks almost like in a cheap video film the way it is shot,the budget restraints more noticeable than originally anticipated.The whole thing is acted rather blankly by all those involved too,giving expressionless performances,with the exception perhaps of Lambert and Patrick Malahide,giving a gleefully sly,condescending performance as the evil prison warden.But perhaps the worst thing about it is the dialogue.Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery and all,but there was hardly a word spoken in this that wasn't borrowed from some other flick,like ''perhaps instead of working against each other,we should work with each other'' and ''I never wanted it to end like this''.This is best admired on the levels of a respectful interpretation of modern action films,rather than anything like or resembling the previous film."