Film: Fortress

Fortress is a 1992 scifi film by Stuart Gordon.

In a dystopian future, in order to control the overpopulation, the law dictates that only one child is allowed per woman. John (Christopher Lambert) and Karen (Loryn Locklin) Brennick end up in a futuristic prison for being "breeders", people who violate said law. Now it's up to John to break them both out.

A sequel was released in 2000, in which John Brennick ends up in another prison, which is in space this time.

The Fortress films have examples of:

  • The Alcatraz: The titular Fortress, located on a bunker deep underground, with Explosive Leashes, automated Sentry Guns and heavily-armed Mecha-Mooks. The second movie ups the ante by having the prison placed in orbit.
  • Big "NO!": Brennick yells out one just before Stiggs gets shot.
  • Blind Without 'Em: After losing his glasses, D-Day can only flail his arms helplessly and call out for Brennick.
  • Camera Spoofing: Used in the sequel.
  • Catch Phrase: Zed-10's "crime does not pay".
  • Deadly Dodging: Just before an ion cannon shoots D-Day, Brennick dives in to rescue him, and a cyborg guard gets blasted instead.
  • Heroic Willpower: Brennick stands against the mindwipe for three days, whereas other prisoners could only take it for an hour.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: The illegal babies that are taken from "breeders" are modified into enhanced beings which won't require food or sleep any more. This includes Prison Director Poe.
  • Hollywood Hacking: D-Day does this to Zed-10. What makes it especially weird is that he does so using Poe's woefully insecure login details despite Zed-10 having just shown itself able to ignore Poe's commands, being well aware that the escaping prisoners were in the control room, and oh yeah, knowing that Poe couldn't be the one logging in because Zed-10 just killed him.
  • Ironic Echo: Zed-10 uses the same phrases on Poe as he does on the prisoners when he is fired.
    Zed-10: You are the property of the Men-Tel corporation.
    Poe: But I am the director of this institution!
    Zed-10: You will please leave Central Control. Crime does not pay.
  • Kill Sat: What the Warden of the second movie's prison was working to turn it into. Fired twice: once to destroy a shuttle full of escaping (backstabbing) prisoners and the second time fired by Brennan to overload the prison's solar panels and destroy the prison itself.
  • Master Computer: Zed-10. It's so extensive that when D-Day infects it with his computer virus, systems all over the fortress malfunction right down to the lifts falling down their shafts. Then again, this is a prison, so maintaining control over everything was likely a secondary priority to safety of the prisoners.
  • Mind Rape: Very disobedient prisoners are subjected to a mindwipe, which leave them braindead.
  • Nerd Glasses: D-Day.
  • Numbered Sequels
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: Who'd have guessed that a prison director would've set his password to 'Crime Does Not Pay'? It's not like the computer takes every opportunity to repeat this phrase to the inmates as often as it can, or anything!
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: After Brennick and co. escape from prison, Zed-10 takes over their escape vehicle to eliminate them.
  • Prison: Duh.
  • Prison Rape: Maddox's favourite pastime.
  • Recycled In Space: The sequel.
  • Run for the Border: Film opens with Karen and John trying to make it to Canada.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Karen agrees on one given by Poe, so he will release John from the mindwipe.
  • Shovel Strike: Used against a cyborg guard.
  • Take My Hand: After Brennick manages to defeat Maddox in a one-on-one fight, Maddox is left hanging on a ledge. Poe then orders Brennick to finish the job. As a proverbial middle finger to Poe, Brennick offers Maddox his hand instead.
  • Tattooed Crook: Maddox has a very unconvincing tattoo of 187 -the murder statute- on his forehead, for the crime he's in for.
  • Thought Crime: The "unauthorized thought processes", i.e. erotic fantasies.
  • Torso with a View: Maddox, after getting blasted with an Ion Cannon.
  • Traumatic C-Section: Preganant female "breeders" are subjected to it when their child is taken away - it is also fatal.