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Fortress Blu-ray Review

“Fortress” is another Bruce Willis clunker.

Not to be confused with the underrated sci-fi film of the same name starring Christopher Lambert, “Fortress” is a 2021 action movie directed by James Cullen Bressack. The story begins with Paul visiting his retired father (Robert) at a remote high security mountain retreat. Paul is looking to get a loan for his business, but the trip turns out to be more complicated when the villainous Frederick Balzary and his mercenaries wind up at the retreat searching for Robert. The surprises don’t end there as Paul learns that his father was a CIA agent and that the retreat houses a secret fortress.

Written by Alan Horsnail and based off a story by Emile Hirsch and Randall Emmett, “Fortress” is a pedestrian low-budget action film filled with yawn worthy gunfights, Government secrets, revenge, and the most dull cryptocurrency plotline you may ever see (and that’s saying something). There’s nothing fresh or original about any second of this movie. Perhaps the most baffling thing about “Fortress” is that a sequel is somehow on the way. 

Of course, you aren’t likely to watch this movie for the story but rather the cast. Yes, this is yet another movie that stars Bruce Willis and Chad Michael Murray. Murray seems to be having a blast chewing scenery here (and boy does he), but Bruce Willis has outdone himself here. And by that I mean he manages to look even less interested in this role than usual. In fact, he seems downright angry he has to be in this movie. Not only does he display virtually no emotion, but he is often filmed separate from the other cast members so he’s just acting by himself making him even more detached from the movie. Other key stars include Jesse Metcalf (who is bland as ever) and Shannon Doherty (who gives the only likable performance here).


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. Grade: B

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: B+

The lone extra is a trailer for “Fortress”

January 27, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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