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Fortress 2: Re-Entry
Directed by Geoff Murphy
Produced by John Davis
John Flock
Starring Christopher Lambert,
Aidan Rea,
David Roberson
Liz May Brice
Beth Toussaint
Cinematography Hiro Narita
Distributed by Columbia TriStar
Release date(s) March 3, 2000 (Australia)
Running time 92 min.
Language English
Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Preceded by Fortress

Fortress 2: Re-Entry is the sequel to the 1993 film Fortress. In the film, the principal actor Christopher Lambert reprises his role as John Henry Brennick, still on the run from the Men-tel Corporation. Lambert was the only original actor from Fortress, as his on-screen wife was re-cast and all his on-screen cell mates and the prison governor perished in the original film.



Fortress 2 takes place about 10 years after the original movie. The baby that caused them all the trouble is now grown up. The movie starts showing John in some place in Northern America. John is obviously still on the run as he carries a shotgun around with him. His son Danny tells him that Karen (John's wife and Danny's mother) wants John to come home immediately. When they arrive there are three people in the Brennicks' home. A fellow Men-Tel resistance soldier of John's, former Men-Tel Vice President and a friend of the resistance soldiers. They ask John to help them destroy Men-Tel's new power station, saying that Men-Tel is on the verge of collapse and "without their power, they have no power". John refuses and the trio leave on a boat. As John waves goodbye two Men-Tel helicopters come over the hill and John prepares his family for escape. He gets Danny and Karen to go through an underground passage and he fights the soldiers. His joyride ends up with one destroyed helicopter and an overturned Jeep, Brennick's vehicle. John is then knocked out. When John wakes up he finds himself in a room telling him that he is sentenced to death and is implanted with a behaviour modification device which causes headaches of various intensity when prisoners try to enter prohibited areas. John discovers that he is in a prison, and he finds the former Men-Tel vice president who has been implanted incorrectly and is now mentally retarded. His former soldier is also in jail, and her friend turns out to be one of the prison guards. On arrival Brennick starts making enemies. When (on a big television screen) Prison Director Teller "welcomes" the new prisoners he shows a woman receiving her death sentence, where a door is opened behind her and she is sucked out into space. The camera then goes to the other side of the door where it becomes apparent that they are in space, as Earth is shown in the background. Brennick then tries to escape in a water-delivery shuttle but is caught and sent to "The Hole" - an exposed area of the ship where John faces direct radiation from the sun, and unbearable cold when he is facing the other way. When Men-Tel's president arrives he tries to kill John by sending him out of the ship with no space suit. John manages to propel himself towards another airlock and breaks back into the prison safely. Due to the sudden decompression, the Computer Warden, Zed, is malfunctioning and cannot perform her duties correctly. John then uses the prison gun to destroy the computer and Teller is electrocuted. John and all his friends board the Shuttle and head back to Earth. The end shows John re-uniting with his family.

Critical reaction

Almar Haflidason of the BBC said: "[It's] a film that sorely lacks energy [and] various moments of action are ruined by poor camera angles and clumsy editing, [but] while it may lack the grand set of Fortress, it does boast some reasonable CGI effects and is slightly more entertaining in a cheap kind of way."[1] Kim Newman of the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound said the film "lacks [Fortress director Stuart Gordon's] wit and grit, though director Geoff Murphy makes it a decent enough ride."[2]

Nathan Shumate of Cold Fusion Video Reviews said the film is "at best, a pale imitation of the original Fortress. [...] On its own, it’s a passable movie, with an adequate budget both for sets and CGI space effects. Too bad it had to be a sequel to a superior movie, instead of something wholly its own."[3] The Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film Review said: "The action scenes are run of the mill [and] the special effects are okay and the show at least mounts to a passable action climax as the space station explodes, [but] the scripters have not endeavoured to approach this film in any more intelligent a way than they did the original."[4]


  1. ^ Fortress 2 review, Almar Haflidason, BBC, July 27 2000
  2. ^ Fortress 2 review, Kim Newman, Sight & Sound
  3. ^ Fortress 2 review, Cold Fusion Video Reviews
  4. ^ Fortress 2 review, The Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film Review, September 5, 2008

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