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Highlander 2: The Quickening Reviews

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Super Reviewer
May 21, 2014
The first Highlander was a terrific action, fantasy Science Fiction film that was highly entertaining, and delivered some impressive thrills, memorable action and a great soundtrack. But this sequel, fails to entertain and it's a ridiculous, poorly made film that just doesn't satisfy. This sequel has been said that it ranks among one of the worst films ever made, well I have seen far worse than this, but nonetheless, it's pretty bad. Whatever you've enjoyed about the original is ruined due to a lacking script, poorly constructed action scenes and lack of any memorable moments. I am a big fan of the first film, and I was somewhat hoping that the reviews for the follow up were somewhat false, but they are pretty accurate in describing the film. What really makes this a pitiful sequel is the fact that it the potential of being so good, but the filmmakers just didn't seem to care at crafting a worthwhile follow up to a classic action film. This is just lazy filmmaking at its very worst, and the film is just tedious, incoherent, and pointless in the way that it handles its story and ideas. I had high hope for this one, but like everyone else, I was let down by the lack of good ideas, effective action and good performances. The original Highlander had great performances, a terrific concept and well executed action scenes, which is something that this follow up does not have. Don't expect anything this film, as it fails to entertain and it's a mess from start to finish. If only the filmmakers would have put much more effort into this film, maybe it would have been good; however it's a pointless, unnecessary film.
Super Reviewer
February 26, 2013
Opposed by a ruthless corporation, an Immortal investigates whether it's time to remove the ozone shield he suggested blanketing around the Earth, all while he's being hunted by another Immortal (either an alien or a visitor from the past, depending on which version you see) bent on unmotivated revenge. Understandably, this nonsensical, incompetent sci-fi action comedy that changed all the rules and brought back Sean Connery from the dead was an insult to fans of the first HIGHLANDER movie. If, however, you come to it with no attachments to the Highlander mythos, it's an amusing wreck: you watch director Russell Mulcahy make one bad decision after another, fumbling action sequences, adding embarrassing comedy relief, and including a bizarrely bloody train hijacking where riders are slaughtered by improbable G-forces.
Super Reviewer
May 23, 2011
At one part of time i would of said this film was awful and was a dreadful attempt to continue a series and ruin is originality and mythology with its weak science fiction twist. But this directors cut of the film is a much better and exceptional version of Highlander 2, is it a worthy continuation to the series? absolutely not, but as a stand alone movie? yes its terrific and great to watch. An electrifying and explosive action-packed thriller. Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery are back wielding swords, kicking ass and showing off their great chemistry. An exhilarating and fun action flick.
Super Reviewer
½ March 13, 2006
Highlander 2 is the reason people say "there can be only one." -some guy
Super Reviewer
May 29, 2010
Crazy and bizarre like the first, but this went too far and lost everyone with the opening sequence depicting a dystopian future and revalation that Connor MacLeod and Ramirez are really from Ziest (an alien planet). It sadly isn't goofy enough or entertaining to call a stroke of accidental genius. Without the Queen soundtrack, flashbacks to Scottland and random sword fights every twenty minutes it becomes something not Highlander. Christopher Lambert still tried and for the most part is the only reason to see this movie. He has some great one-liners and nutty mannerisms.
Super Reviewer
July 4, 2007
Highlander 2 is a true epic in it's badness, a Citizen Kane of awfulness that can never be truly put into words. You can't be told how bad this film is, you have to see it? But be warned it's not bad in cute way, or like an Ed Wood film, it's bad like having a root canal without the novocaine way.

Highlander 2 had appeared to come from good pedigree; the original team were in place including the director and the main cast Lambent and Connery. But when a film starts out with an alien world called Ziest you know you are in trouble.

Now for sure there are worse films out there, but these are probably student films or what Roger Corman left on the cutting room floor. What takes Highlander 2 into uncharted realms of movie badness is the sheer scale of its drop in quality from the first. It's like having a favorite old sweet frail aunt when you were a child who would give you chocolates and toys, and then all of a sudden she ingests 5 bottles of steroids takes out a chainsaw and hacks all your family and friends to death. This is the kind of shock you get from watching highlander and then moving on to highlander 2. There are no words in any language that can describe just how bad this film is.

You also have to wonder what awesome substances must have been past around the studio and cast that no one thought this film was a bad idea and that the best idea was to burn the negative on the spot.

With regards spoilers there is no way to spoil this film however this film is the mother of spoilers for the first film. It exterminates the premise of Highlander which was the mystery of the immortals. It's rare that a bad sequel can have such a negative impact on the quality of the first film, but Highlander 2 does a good job of destroying the first film. Once you know who the immortals are you can never look at the first film in the same light, such is the sheer biblical badness of this film and it's so called plot.

It will probably take another thousand years before anyone comes close to making another film as bad as this one. Roger Ebert summed this film up the best by saying " it's awesome in it's badness"
Super Reviewer
½ October 23, 2007
This movie doesn't really tie in with the original. Is he from the highlands or from space? It does have some good moments though.
Super Reviewer
October 11, 2007
Uh...they need to not make these movies.
Super Reviewer
June 19, 2007
Good to see Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery reprise their roles as the Highlander and his mentor who have been banished to Earth. Great special effects can't keep one from thinking that something is missing from the film - like a cohesive plot.
Super Reviewer
½ April 25, 2007
One of the all time great "what the hell" movies. Completely subverts the narrative of the first film. All eye candy, no brains, and an insult to fans of the original.
Super Reviewer
½ January 4, 2007
Suddenly the Immortals are from another planet? Banished to Earth for some insurrection, forced to fight one another -- and then receive a prize? Apparently the "renegade" version is re-cut and this whole other planet subplot is dealt with in a different manner, but it hardly matters. Just so much crap.
Super Reviewer
December 30, 2006
Hopeless sequel that throws out all the elements of the original that made it interesting. The action is reasonably well-handled, and Ironside's gleeful villain is quite watchable but the writer seemed to just be making it up as he went along. Incoherent and non-sensical.
Super Reviewer
December 28, 2006
Where were they going with this one.
Super Reviewer
August 26, 2010
They really screwed this one up. Now they're Aliens? What the hell?. If you watch the 3rd one it's almost as if this piece of you know what never happened.
Super Reviewer
½ May 2, 2007
Nowhere as entertaining or as fun as the original.
Super Reviewer
May 14, 2007
Mo where near as good as the first but see it.
October 11, 2013
Audiences unfamiliar with the first film will be hard put to follow the action [from a story by Brian Clemens] as it incoherently hops about in time and space.
½ October 17, 2006
I love the Highlander mythos. The storyline is awesome, but they REALLY did a BAD job on this installment. Granted, the version of the movie that I saw was inevitably the regular version of the movie; this "Renegade Version" is supposedly supposed to be something better than the theatrical cut, or whatever version of the movie that was... I don't really care! Roger Ebert was right on the money!

"..the most hilariously incomprehensible movie ... almost awesome in its badness."
½ June 22, 2007
sean connery is still juan sanchez villalobos ramirez. but the introduction isn't funny anymore. connor mcleod and ramirez go to some other planet. ramirez picks up a chick in a plane that is clearly held up by strings. then mcleod and ramirez go fight some nefarious organization doing some evil thing with nukes or something at some giant hydroelectric dam. this is not a joke. this is the plot of the movie. you see where i am going with this. when highlander: endgame is a vast improvement....
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