“Fortress” on Prime Video: and Bruce Willis finally gave up

It’s not a masterpiece that we’re talking about here, but it’s still the new action film with Bruce Willis, yet another avatar of a disastrous end to his career due – we now know – to reasons health.

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The fortress in question is a top secret resort which hosts retired American intelligence officers. Like the veteran Robert (Bruce Willis), whom his son has the idea of ​​going to visit in his high-tech hospice nestled in the jungle. But he is followed by a commando of brutes precisely wanting revenge on Robert who once made them miserable. The assault is given. The former must return to service to save his skin and that of his offspring.

In other times, the review of such a film would have raised of a festival of irony and banter. Fortress indeed adds a calamitous line in the now pathetic filmography of Bruce Willis, the legendary John McClane of the saga diehard. The star has been hiding for years in turnips released directly on DVD, video on demand or on streaming platforms. Shock, Cosmic Sin, Gasoline Alley, Anti-Life, Out of Death… Have you ever heard of these feature films? It’s normal. They never had the honors of dark rooms in France (phew!) and Bruce Willis, although highlighted on the promo, does not shine there by his omnipresence, with dialogues summarized to the bare essentials.


This filmography in the form of a descent into hell (like those of Christophe Lambert or Nicolas Cage, formerly, before their rebound), we now have the explanation. March 30, no doubt to put an end to persistent rumors, his relatives, including his ex-wife Demi Moore, published a press release indicating that the 67-year-old actor was ending his career because he suffered from aphasia, a pathology that irreparably affects his cognitive abilities. Hence the requirement for shooting days kept to a minimum.


The question is why he chained so many (bad) projects. Was he manipulated or anxious to protect his family financially? Still, other Z series with Bruce Willis are still sleeping in the boxes. That we will eventually watch with nostalgia, like this Fortress where the actor also shares the poster with Shannen Doherty, the ex-star of Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmedwhich also struggles to recover from serious health issues.

By James Cullen Bressack, with Jesse Metcalfe, Bruce Willis, Chad Michael Murray. EU. 1:39 a.m. Action. On Amazon Prime Video since Thursday, April 28.

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“Fortress” on Prime Video: and Bruce Willis finally gave up