Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension) (1993)

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This theatrical sci-fi action tale is actually the first in a series of direct-to-video features derived from re-edited episodes of the syndicated television show Highlander (1992-1997). Adrian Paul stars as Duncan "Mac" MacLeod, kin of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), the main character from three previous Highlander features. The MacLeods are two of a race of Immortals, destined to wander the planet forever, capable of dying only by beheading and battling with swords of those of their ilk … More

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Television, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Mirman, William N. Panzer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 16, 1998
Runtime:
Hemdale Home Video

Cast


as Duncan MacLeod

as Richie Ryan

as Connor MacLeod

as Sgt. Powell

as Slan Quince
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Critic Reviews for Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

An unbelievably trashy meltdown of the tartan warrior franchise.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Lambert is as uncharismatic as ever, while Van Peebles is as frightening as a wrestler in mock angry mood, and just as ridiculous.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

How could an action-adventure film that cost $34 million, most of which clearly went into pyrotechnics, computerized special effects and scenic locations, end up looking cheap, silly and lifeless?

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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As for Van Peebles, he's quite the ridiculous sight and sound.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Mostly the film morphs into a block of dullness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Lame, but in a good way.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension)

½

Ignoring the events of "Highlander 2," this film picks up 9 yrs after the first. We find MacLeod living with his adoptive son in Morocco and satisfied that he is the last immortal and has the coveted "Prize." Soon he receives a cognition that more immortals are alive (revived from "death" by an archaeological dig) and packs for NYC for a duel with the evil sorcerer immortal Kane.

Made while the TV show was at its peak, this film benefits from the influence of its narrative and production style that had been refined over the years. Most of the characters and their relationships (especially the love interests) are thin and underdeveloped. The movie relies heavily on nostalgia for the 1st film for the impact of its emotional scenes. It also mirrors it's story to the point of being a near remake. The police hunt subplot simply drops out of the picture near the end and the villains are too silly to be threatening. The special f/x are enjoyable but underused (Kane barely uses his illusions during fights.)

Still, the deja vu, and pretension and trickery themes are well handled (though not explored as much as they could have been). Lambert is as appropriately melancholy and good humored as in previous entries, Van Peeples is clearly having fun with his deliciously devilish over the top performance exploiting every villainous cliché in the book, Unger is soild in her role and quite beautiful (even more so in the obligatory sex scene, of course), and Mako's dignified presence is, of course, a welcome addition to the "Highlander" saga. The special f/x were good for its time and are still fairly impressive today.

Overall, a competent production and a mildly entertaining, if rehashed, film with some interesting ideas that were not fully realized. This is the best of the sequels

cancercapricorn2002
David Ladd

Super Reviewer

The third entry in the series has no discernible plot and suffers greatly from the absence of Sean Connery as the Highlander's mentor.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

We go back to the original premise but it takes on a new level of "What the..."

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Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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