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Highlander 2: The Quickening Reviews

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September 3, 2016
(This review covers the original theatrical version.)

I cannot imagine anyone of adequate intelligence thinking that HIGHLANDER 2: THE QUICKENING was a movie of quality. Don't think that just to annoy me- because if you make the very bad idea of seeing this movie, you will walk out, either laughing your head off or seriously depressed. This second entry in the HIGHLANDER movie franchise is a stupefyingly bad film- one of the worst films ever made. It is a film so epically awful, so unbelievably idiotic, so totally incomprehensible and logically bereft that it has inevitably become an immortal low-point in the timeline of the modern sci-fi film genre. This, along with BATTLEFIELD EARTH and some of Ed Wood's sci-fi pictures from the 1950's are as bad as it gets in this great and underrated genre of movies.

The movie stars Christopher Lambert as the Highlander Connor MacLeod and Sean Connery (whose appearance is pointless) as Ramirez, both characters from the first film who battles his great enemy, General Katana (Michael Ironside, an actor with great screen presence). MacLeod also begins to feel guilt about a shield that he designed to protect the Earth from the sun; which has proven to be a bad idea. So, he decides to get rid of it. Those 2 rather unrelated plot points are really all the movie is about, really. The more one dives further into this film, the more lost one will become- hilariously incomprehensible is the best term to describe it.

I mean, Good God, this movie is bad. There are so many plot holes, so many logical inconsistencies and so many basic errors of storytelling- the film seems to have been edited at random. The film has a number of subplots along with the 2 main plots that come together in such a crazy and non-sensical way- I have heard that the Argentine investors reedited the film because the Argentine economy tanked (again) whilst the film was in production and they decided that they trusted themselves more than director Russell Mulachy to make big pesos. The production values are impressive- but the movie is overproduced and there are many clearly awful special effects shots in this movie that stick out so much that it's really hard not to notice them.

General Katana has to be the least intelligent villain I've ever seen in a movie. His entire motivation for going after MacLeod is moronic to the point of being pointless. The reasoning behind Katana's quest to kill MacLeod is not explained or built upon, either. Apparently, he just wants to do it because... he's bored, I guess. This hopeless character is not helped by the incomprehensible and just about unmotivated plot- which is beyond stupid. I mean, this movie is so dumb that it actually defies belief and logic. Hardly anything makes sense, hardly any scene works, not because the film is such a mess.

The movie itself has nothing to do with the first film. Everything is different, including the character's backstories, where they came from, what their abilities are, etc. It feels more like a blatant rip-off and theft of the first movie- that's how stupefyingly and spectacularly bad this movie is. Its such a mind-numbing experience- it's going to be hard to find a movie as idiotic and as incompetent as this.

The major re-release of HIGHLANDER 2, titled HIGHLANDER 2: RENEGADE VERSION (one of a number of re-releases) is way, way better than this film (almost all films are)- but it only qualifies as a fair, decent film- watchable, at best. If the original gets 0/10, the Renegade Version, which is quite a different film than the original- gets a 4.5/10.
August 3, 2016
While the prequil part was interesting at first, the cartoonish villains and Highlander being part of Ramirez's past ruins it. Combined with a boring subplot and bad effects and the result is a very cheezy boring direct to video style movie that somehow got a theatrical release.
July 26, 2016
Not as epic as the first, but i really enjoyed it!
July 16, 2016
Makes me wonder what actually happened here. It is gloriously terrible.
June 16, 2016
esse filme ainda sera redescoberto. é um ótimo filme que foi injustiçado
June 14, 2016
Someone had a thousand ideas at once and didn't know what he was doing with any of them when he created this vividly dark, yet enthralling and weird sequel. A few moments of brilliance surrounded by tons of campiness.
February 9, 2016
Not your average "more of the same" sequel. Highlander 2 is an adventure in imagination. Fun, creative, like nothing you've see. One of the best sequels, right up there with Empire Strikes Back, Godfather 2, and Terminator 2.
January 31, 2016
The original version of this film is no doubt shit, due to the change to the back story that was told in the original film, killing a possible big budgeted series of fantasy films special thanks to some twats in Argentina (the filming location) that decided to take over production entirely, leaving with Russell Mulcahy and Christopher Lambert in pretty much quick sand, as they could not back out of the film due to the insurance company's threats to sue them.

The Renegade Version however doesn't have all the Planet Zeist shit that some Argentinian twats added to the film, making it a slightly better film than the original cut.
There are still faults though, Sean Connery's Ramirez is still back from the dead (which makes what is now the new back story confusing as he appears in those scenes).

But other than that, the special effects are decent, which shows that they had a big budget for this film, hoping that they would make a big budget action franchise out of Highlander like what happened with The Terminator.
And the great Michael Ironside makes a awesome villain.
And of course, Sean Connery is always entertaining, even though it makes no sense for him to be in the film.
December 23, 2015
'There can only be one'... if only producers had followed this credo. Sequel is not only terrible in its own right but even undermines the fine original by unneccessarily introducing a completely different backstory. The only 'prize' in this mess is Lou Gramm's song "One Dream" during the final credits.
December 5, 2015
Worst Highlander movie.
October 11, 2015
Excellent film that accurately depicts the historical context of the early 90's when the ecological thought began to be triggered
August 29, 2015
This movie is strange as shit but it does have some cool and fun things about it to enjoy.
August 5, 2015
JESUS CHRIST!!! In the last scene of the movie, Lambert turns into a complete sword master and dishes out one hell of an ass kicking to Michael Ironside!
July 3, 2015
The "Renegade Version" is one of those movies that's so bad, it's good
½ April 1, 2015
With all the questions answered from the first the only question now is why make a sequel.....money,money,money.
½ March 19, 2015
Quite possibly the worst sequel ever made.Only watch the Renegade Version.
February 12, 2015
½ January 31, 2015
A complete turd. The filmmakers didn't understand their own project and they undermined their own past film! The film begins in the future where Conner the Highlander has helped some scientists create a shield to protect the earth's ozone layer. Later on the film states that all of the immortals who die on earth go back to a planet called ziest until they are killed on ziest and returned to earth, WTH!! This plot point was created I'm sure as a reason to bring Sean Connery character back for the sequel. Michael Ironside plays general katana. Ironside is mostly a good serviceable actor in most roles. But for this film he was completely wasted. I could sense that he was trying to channel Clancy Brown, the Kergan and the villain from the first film. But he came of as a moron and a clown.

The filmmakers didn't understand that Connery's character was already dead at the start of the first film and that his story was being told in flash backs. The movie was so bad that during the zyst scenes you can see actors being tossed around by an fx crew hidden in the sand. pathetic!! This film has several versions and they all sucked!
½ November 28, 2014
Probably the biggest "what-the??"moment in science fiction cinema. If it doesn't tie with "Battlefield: Earth" as being the worst sci-fi movie, it sure does rank just an inch below it!
½ October 29, 2014
Yeah............ I've got nothing.
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