Highlander 2: The Quickening


Highlander 2: The Quickening

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At the end of Highlander, Juan Ramirez (Sean Connery) died and Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) was rendered mortal. "Highlander 2: The Quickening begins in 1999 when Connor solves the problem of an ever-depleting ozone layer on the earth by devising a giant shield around the entire planet. The earth is saved, except for the fact that it is now a continual 99 degrees, and the earth is plunged into 24 hours of darkness. 40 years later, Connor is an elderly man with liver spots, heading out for the opera. Then there is a flashback of Connor recalling his halcyon days on the planet Zeist hundreds of years earlier. Back on Zeist, Connor and Ramirez led a futile coup against the ruling dictator, Katana (Michael Ironside), that caused them to be banished to Earth. Back in the future, Katana sends a pair of wacky goons to kill Connor. When Connor lops off their heads, he is now young again...and immortal. Just the right time to meet the attractive scientist Louise Marcus (Virginia Madsen), who has discovered that the shield around the earth is no longer needed since the ozone layer has repaired itself. But, unfortunately, the shield is in the clutches of an evil cartel who wants to control the earth's resources. Connor and Louise team up to battle the cartel while Katana sends out more emissaries to get Connor. Ramirez, although supposedly dead, also makes an appearance in the 21st century -- garbed in full Scottish regalia.


Christopher Lambert
as Conner MacLeod
Sean Connery
as Juan Ramirez
Michael Ironside
as Gen. Katana
Phil Brock
as Cabbie
Ed Trucco
as Jimmy
Eddie Trucco
as Bartender
Jimmy Murray
as Horatio
Max Berlinger
as Charlie, Usher
Max Berliner
as Charlie
Diana Rossi
as Virginia
Ted McNabney
as TV Newsperson 1
Jacques Arndt
as Scientist 1
Michel Peyronel
as Kid No. 1
Bruno Corichelli
as Zeist Chief Justice
Daniel Trovo
as Justice No. 2
Diego Leske
as Justice No. 3
Matt Johnson
as Terrorist
Ted McHabney
as TV Newsperson No. 1
Patricia DeBiagi
as TV Newsperson No. 2
Andre Gere
as TV Newsperson No. 3
Jorge Ochoa
as Store Manager
Roderick Cameron
as Security Tech
Nora Zinsky
as Cabin Attendant
Jacques Arnot
as Scientist No. 1
Nicolas Deane
as Scientist No. 2
Helen Buck Bartlett
as Oriental Technician
Matt Johnston
as Cobalt Man
Hector Malmud
as Psychic Chef
America Gallo
as Gravedigger
Dana Swain
as Safety Spokesperson
Nicolas Frey
as Yuppie No. 1
Eduardo Nutkiewicz
as Yuppie No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Highlander 2: The Quickening

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5) | Rotten (23)

  • 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.

    Feb 25, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Leaden, laden with effects, short on imagination.

    Aug 16, 2007 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It would be much more fun to see the film makers point fingers at each other over why this sequel is so bad.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
    Top Critic
  • Mulcahy and company don't ask us to suspend disbelief; they ask us to pretend we've all had weed-whacker lobotomies.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Highlander 2: The Quickening is the most hilariously incomprehensible movie I've seen in many a long day -- a movie almost awesome in its badness.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Feels more like a brainstorm exercise than a feature length film.

    Nov 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Highlander 2: The Quickening

  • Jan 01, 2017
    The Renegade version of H2 is one of my favorite "so bad it's good" movies ever!!
    Christopher H 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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 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.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    my review is only based off the renegade version which is better but still a missed opportunity. the problem I had with the film is the weird concept that was worlds away from the first film. Mulcahy has an eye for the camera and thanks to dvd this world is amazing and something of a cult film. the film is covered in darkness thanks to the ozone layer depleting. Lambert is quite good in the lead but Connery seems to be phoning it in and doesn't seem to be entirely in it. michael ironside makes for a fierce opponent and is underused here but he does give the heroes a challange like the first film. the film is much better then the original cut but the damage is purely down thanks to the odd story telling. I loved the original but I failed to understand what this film was about and where it stood in the franchise. if you view the film with the first don't worry if you are confused because I couldn't get my head around it
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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