Director: Stuart Gordon Writer :Troy Neighbors/Steven Feinberg
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Kurtwood Smith and Jeffrey Combs. Australia / USA. 1h 35m.
A Futuristic prison movie, Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control.
This is probably one of best movies by Gordon, who has a Jeffrey Combs fetish, he’s directed him in Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986) and the pair have a lot to do with Lovecraft’s world of darkness.
This film is based around a futuristic computer-automated underground American prison that uses robots and lasers to control the inmates, who also have “instestinators” installed that cause pain or death depending on the which line to cross.. A married couple Brennick and Mrs Brennick (Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin) are imprisoned because she became pregnant with a second child (a felony). The prison is run by Director Poe (Kutwood Smith) who is a genetic human who can’t handle his drink. Jeffrey Combs is a radical computer whiz and Maddox and Stiggs (Vernon Wells and Tom Towels) run around being general ass raping douchbags.
It’s quite typical of the age but it’s that area of sci fi that I really love, I prefer the doomed mankind theme in my futuristic movies and even though the subject of human population control has been covered it never looked so good. You know a good 1980’s 1990’s sci fi movie when you hear the phrases Mainframe, Corporation and Fucking A, this movie overdoses in them!
There isn’t anything outstanding about the movie, it’s just cool!! REALLY COOL, I just get so psyched with dodgy retro sci fi..
BS : The fight scene between Lambert and Wells is pretty cool. It starts out with a kick in the face and ends up a bloody mess!
T: The lead role was originally case for Arnie.
Q : “Rise and fucking shine sweetheart” This film also uses a lot of “fucking a”, “mainframe” and “corporation” phrases.
R: Fortress 2 (2000) The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) , Death Machine (1994)