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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

Jun 16, 1998

Hemdale Home Video

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An unbelievably trashy meltdown of the tartan warrior franchise.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Lambert is as uncharismatic as ever, while Van Peebles is as frightening as a wrestler in mock angry mood, and just as ridiculous.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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?

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Mostly the film morphs into a block of dullness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Lame, but in a good way.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (3)
Empire Magazine

This has got to be the worst franchise every created.

April 14, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

There should have been only one!

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

How tough could it be to make a "Highlander" that makes sense?

July 26, 2002
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One of those uninspired films that gave sequels such a bad name.

October 19, 2001 Full Review
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They definitely don't come any worse than this.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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What it can't copy is the first movie's sense of surprise: we're never jolted by any of the sword fights here as we were with the original's broadsword battle in a carpark.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: BBC
BBC

If it wasn't set eight years later, no one would never know the difference (and of course, never mind the ultra-cheesy, low-budget special effects!).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The most illogical of the trilogy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This is the end of the Highlander series, they say. Not an eon too soon.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension)

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
October 22, 2008
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The third entry in the series has no discernible plot and suffers greatly from the absence of Sean Connery as the Highlander's mentor.
August 3, 2008
deano
Dean McKenna

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We go back to the original premise but it takes on a new level of "What the..."
January 16, 2007
superclerk25

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Another feeble sequel to Highlander that again ignores it's own rules. Tries to recapture the magic of the original, and fails miserably.
January 9, 2007
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