Highlander: The Source Reviews
Set in a dystopian future, the planets are about to allign, and the last remaining immortals believe this will lead them to the Source of their immortality. Problem is, the Source's "Guardian" a superfast immortal, has awoken and hunts them down.
Put that way, the plot sounds decent enough. The problem comes with how it is executed. The movie looks and sounds dirt cheap, with bargain-basement special effects. Even the opening narration sounds like someone recorded it on youtube. The director wraps the whole thing up in a painfully amateur-looking MTV music video style, complete with choppy and incoherent fight scenes.
The story is utterly incoherent, inconsistent, and virtually non-existent. Perhaps ( so I've heard anyway) it is because the producers butchered the original script by Peter Briggs, apparently throwing out every decent idea they could find. One of the worst affected elements is the Source itself, which is literally reduced to a magical sandpit.
The movie is also peppered with "action" sequences that honestly would not look out of place in a "naked gun" movie. They are (unintentially) comical, yet boring and irritating at the same time. The worst offender of all is the fast-motion fight at the end.
The characters are also awful. The "Guardian" himself apparently has the mentality of a five year old. The guy is a complete idiot, and poorly acted. Our merry band of immortals include a stereotypical "Cockney Geezer", a priest who looks like "Max Headroom", and the rest seem embarrassed and bored to be in the movie. I'm not a fan of Adrian Paul and I even felt sorry for him having to be in this piece of trash
They also managed to butcher Queen's "Princes of the Universe" with a emo cover version. And I believe the Guardian actually sang it at one point.
Let's put it this way. Watch if your a diehard and I mean diehard Highlander fan otherwise avoid.
Adrian Paul is a dark and jerky version of his character and that really killed it for me right off the bat. The character I had grown to enjoy over the years had completely changed.
The story was silly and so rushed that you were wondering what the point was. They were charged to go on this quest for the immortal version of the holy grail and they spent a good twenty minutes talking about how difficult it would be to find it and how some had been looking for it for thousands of years. So they head off on the quest and manage to find it pretty fast without much trouble at all. That was pretty stupid.
There is also a rock video type sequence that takes place after a sub par action sequence that really raises the cheese meter quite a bit.
In the end Duncan takes out the bad guy in a fight that lasts a minute or two and then we get a really dumb five minute long recap of the whole movie and then it's over.
The whole movie was a waste of my time and left me wondering no more why the movie was supposed to go to the theater at first and then was reduced to a direct to DVD flick only to make its premier on tv instead.
Even if you are a fan of the franchise you should stay away from this one.
The one that was never released in theaters? The one that I've not seen ANY ads for? It's just on? WTF?
O.k., so I watched it.
Well, now I remember why I call the Highlander rule "The Highlander rule." OMG it was awful. It was just. Freaking. Awful. It takes place in, I dunno, the future? I mean, the world had descended into complete chaos and it was all post-apocalyptic, but Joe was still alive, and he was mortal, so it couldn't be too far away. About 90% of it was done in front of terrible looking blue screen. The acting was meh. The writing was awful. Lots of random encounters with bands of post-apocalyptic crazy people. The visuals were awful. And the ending? oh. God. The ending.
Apparently, "there can be only one" does not mean that they had to kill all the others; it just meant that there was only one with a pure enough heart to pass the test of the source, and thus allow him to make a child (which immortals were otherwise not able to do).
WHAT THE HELL?! HALF STAR!