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Highlander: Endgame Reviews

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½ January 9, 2017
Awful film, if you are a fan of the original film avoid this big time.
September 25, 2016
I fell asleep through half of it, so my review is more of a question...if "there can be only one", what are they going to do about Kate and Methos (who, according to him in the TV series, has racked up over 900 confirmed kills which makes Kell look like a piker by comparison.
August 16, 2016
I feel like the people who made this movie had the same mindset Joker did when burned that pile of money.
½ June 15, 2016
A confusing film that builds up to a solid emotional climax. A lot of weird editing is off-putting as well as one dimensional villains.
½ November 2, 2015
This film is a guilty pleasure for me. Sure, it is bad and looks like it was made on a TV budget, but for whatever reason I get a bit of cheesy pleasure out of this. Certainly not for everyone, but good background noise.
September 15, 2015
My god this movie was so rushed. There was no emotional investment with the characters, the writing was a joke and the acting was so bad.
½ August 10, 2015
Ok. It was ur basic Highlander plot. I psychopathic Immortal, attempts to be the last by killing Immortals without bias. Good. Evil. He just wants their Quickening. They even re-enforced the "There Can Be Only One" credo, by having Duncan face Conner, to the death. (Now , that ruled!) But here's my problem, and to me it's a doozy. We've been told, that Immortals will never fight on Holy Ground. That not even the most evil of them would NEVER break that one rule, for it would bring about a catastrophe that would threaten the world. And what happens in this movie? They have Jacob Kell walk into a sanctuary for Immortals, created on Holy Ground, and behead not just one- but several helpless Immortals. And nothing happenes. I mean nothing. NOTHING!!!!! (In an episode of the series, Duncan discusses it with Joe Dawson, being that he is apart of a enigmatic group of observers (Watchers) who chronicle the life of the Immortals they're assigned to. He made reference that the legendary volcanic erruption on Pompe' was the result, of an Immortal killing on Holy Ground.) SO, WHAT THE HELL? WAS IT A LIE? COME ON!
½ August 9, 2015
With firm knowledge that there would never be any such thing as a good Highlander sequel, I watched Highlander: Endgame simply out of obligation to complete the series.

Upon first viewing Highlander: Endgame, I knew that it was a poor film. However, I did appreciate the fact that it finally gave a good end to the story of Connor Macleod who had deserved peace for way too long. Looking back at it now, I just feel that director Doug Aarniokoski is just beating a dead horse. Highlander: Endgame serves as his feature length directorial debut, and it is obvious considering the amateur nature of his work on the production.
As no Highlander film has ever succeeded at box office and the story is focused around combining the film series and the Highlander TV series into a singular narrative, the existence of Highlander: Endgame seems clearly catered towards pleasing fans. But with four writers, Highlander: Endgame does not end up as a full which has sensible roots to build up from. And so when there is little effect as a result, it does not come as a surprise. The general tone of Highlander: Endgame doesn't match up with the style that makes the concept a guilty pleasure. Instead of making use of the fantasy themed rock music that made Highlander beautiful, Highlander: Endgame flips between going for an epic fantasy angle and a conventional thriller for some reason. The entire experience feels like too much of a modern day film to be able to match the 80's charm that immortalized the original Highlander, even though the musical score is well-composed and intense. At the same time, there is a significantly larger use of gun violence, motorcycles and physical combat in Highlander: Endgame. There are still sword fights, but they don't line up with the sword and sorcery concept of Highlander smoothly enough. All in all, Highlander: Endgame ends up feeling distant from its fantasy roots and more focused on being a contemporary action film with science-fiction subtext. It's not to the ridiculous extent that plagued Highlander II: The Quickening, but there is no sword-and-sorcery feeling in Highlander: Endgame. It is just all too obvious that the film is one from the year 2000 because the time for the concept has long passed its prime, and now we are left to wallow in the dying spirit of everything.
In adhering to conventional action movie tropes, Highlander: Endgame ends up taking itself very seriously and forgets how to have fun with its premise. The mood of the film just feels wrong because it takes itself very seriously by packing itself full of an abundance of melodrama which it lays down so heavily on viewers. It's not sensible story building, it's just far from compelling tedium which gives no basis for the film to build on, not even pausing to try and laugh. There are clearly some lines in there intended to have slight comic worth, but they fail to match the overly serious tone in the rest of the film. This leaves fate in the hands of only Doug Aarniokoski to save it. But like I said, it's his debut and not one to be proud of. Viewers not affiliated with the Highlander series are more likely to enjoy Highlander: Endgame, but it remains problematic that this film could have been an appealing action guilty pleasure of its own right if it didn't end up plagued by insufficient technical aspects. Lacking the visual panache of Russell Mulcahy's wonderful work in the first Highlander and not the second, Highlander: Endgame succumbs to insufficient quality action. You can tell the potential is all there because the choreography is fairly strong, even if it is sporadically rough. The issue lies with the fact that the cinematography does not raise the scale of tension or emphasize the techniques of the cast members, but rather takes a generic path. Yet even worse is the fact that the editing tends to chop things up too quickly for viewers to comprehend what is going on. The quick cuts in Highlander: Endgame are too quick for their own good, effectively ensuring that even as a standalone experience there is little worth in watching Highlander: Endgame even though there is potential use for the production values which does not end up capitalized on.
Ultimately, the sentiment I felt from the first viewing of Highlander: Endgame did not translate over the second time around, and even though it is the best of the Highlander sequels that remains nothing to boast about. Even the cast cannot illuminate and sense of sensibility in Highlander: Endgame.
Christophe Lambert's final appearance as Connor Macleod is plagued by production difficulties. Though Connor Macleod never ages, Christophe Lambert does. He has aged 14 years since the release of the first Highlander, and it is an obvious face when you look upon him. He still has a handsome demeanour, but he is not as young as he once was which breaks the illusion of his immortality. This makes the story more difficult to believe, especially when he appears in the flashbacks where he re-enacts the relationship depicted in the first film. Alas, this is merely the price audiences must pay if they are to embrace the presence of the one true Connor Macleod. Unfortunately, the price is a bit much of a cost. Christophe Lambert is fed a lot of melodramatic material in Highlander: Endgame, and he is left to do little more than act with spirit which is little more than a shadow of his former self. Though his physical achievements in the action scenes remain impressive, the spirit of Connor Macleod is sucked out of the character by a script which condemns him to put away his appealing over the top energy and stick to speaking in an excessively restrained fashion for the entire film. Christophe Lambert is low on charisma in Highlander: Endgame, and even though his presence and natural ability to make Connor Macleod a sympathetic character make the experience more welcoming, he deserves better.
Adrian Paul is slightly better. Having led the Highlander TV series for so long as Duncan Macleod, Adrian Paul transitions the character over to the cinematic screen very well. Admittedly, the poorly structured story means that the tone and accent of his character are always changing, but he manages to keep up with it through dedication to the role. Adrian Paul interacts with the other characters very well with a passionate embrace of his role, ranging from powerful physical achievements in the action scenes to powerful emotional chemistry with Christophe Lambert. Adrian Paul is not invincible from the damage of the script, but his charisma is admirable.
Bruce Payne is frequently singled out as giving a performance deemed to be the best part of Highlander: Endgame. Considering that Bruce Payne sinks into the relentless sadism of the character and proves to be the most involved in a very heavily stereotypical character, it is easy to see why people would come to this conclusion. He appears to have fun in the role, and it transfers well over to his performance as he really transcends the character with a perfectly over the top antagonistic spirit. Bruce Payne steps out of the melodrama and performs in a manner Highlander: Endgame should be built on: having fun. It's good to know that somebody in the production did.
Unfortunately, Lisa Barbuscia seems bent on moving every muscle in her face without actually making sense of why which drags the experience further down.

So Highlander: Endgame has its moments while Adrian Paul and Bruce Payne do their best, but plagued by an inappropriate tone and weak action sequences, Highlander: Endgame is not a crowd pleaser or one for the fans.
½ July 3, 2015
Maybe I'd like it better if I saw the TV series
June 23, 2015
An incomprehensible mess of a film, that's more of a sequel to the TV series than any of the previous films, in fact it completely ignores 2 and 3. Do your best to ignore the terrible editing, geography, dubbing, special effects and continuity errors and take a little solace in the fact that multiple edits of this film exist which goes a little bit towards explaining why this is such a mess. One for completists, sadists and insomniacs only.
½ March 18, 2015
Another awful Highlander sequel.
January 2, 2015
If you never watched "Highlander: The Series" then this film would probably be a confusing mess. But for those of us who saw it (several times), it was truly glorious.
½ October 29, 2014
Does anyone even care anymore!?
June 29, 2014
They should not have made the fourth movie especially when you kill off Connor Mcleod.
May 7, 2014
Another typical disappointing sequel to a franchise that should have ended years ago. Features an unusual amount of violence crippled with bad story telling and the usual illogical non-sense. Although it was kinda cool to see Duncan and Connor fight it out. Overall crap and another one to add to the "worst movies i've ever seen" pile.
April 14, 2014
"Once again a new version of Highlander is revealed; combining elements of the first film & the series into one..."

***

When Highlander 2 & 3 arrived being a fan of the first Highlander movie it was: a big disappointment, to see the downhill effect, of the story, being rewritten; into-something-completely-new; not adding up to the first. Now once again a new version of Highlander is revealed; combining elements of the first film & the series into one; & I: found this film to be much more entertaining, then the seconded film but nowhere close to being as good as the first one. In this version: the prize was not won by Conner. The game still continues on & the gathering is believed to be getting nearer.

Conner starts to feel the effects of loneliness so he calls Duncan in Paris to come to New York. The kinsmen meet up at the beginning in New York but when Conner's apartment on Hudson Street gets bombed by an old obsessed enemy (killing-Rachel-his-secretary; whom-he-raised-as-his-daughter-after-World-War-2) he disappears for a while leaving Duncan to find more about the new enemy that he will shortly be facing...

Elements from the series are added in one of which I did not care much for is the watchers; A secret organization that does surveillance of the immortals for the sake of preserving history.

The love life's of both Conner & Duncan are added, Conner's gaudy cliché of mourning the death of his first wife Heather continues well a former love of Duncan's that makes for a flash back sub-plot resurfaces & is a part of the main-plot.

Flashbacks like in the movie & the series are put in. The swordfights are all well done: & the lightning effects, of the quickening are placed in, as well.

The script maintains a lot of elements from the movie & series; occasionally there are discrepancies that do not add up to what a fan well remember from previous movies but the entertainment shouldn't be greatly affected. The dialog of it that critics have sighted to be substandard is pretty accurate; tho for viewers or fans most of what will want to be seen in a movie like this is the swordfights.

The directing was nothing special & the soundtrack in no way compared to the first Highlander & the main villain of this film was a little on the cheesy side.

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I give this film a C + (Common) & I'm giving it a generous rating.
March 1, 2014
When Highlander 2 & 3 arrived being a fan of the first Highlander movie it was: a big disappointment, to see the downhill effect, of the story, being rewritten; into-something-completely-new; not adding up to the first. Now once again a new version of Highlander is revealed; combining elements of the first film & the series into one; & I: found this film to be much more entertaining, then the seconded film but nowhere close to being as good as the first one. In this version: the prize was not won by Conner. The game still continues on & the gathering is believed to be getting nearer.

Conner starts to feel the effects of loneliness so he calls Duncan in Paris to come to New York. The kinsmen meet up at the beginning in New York but when Conner's apartment on Hudson Street gets bombed by an old obsessed enemy (killing-Rachel-his-secretary; whom-he-raised-as-his-daughter-after-World-War-2) he disappears for a while leaving Duncan to find more about the new enemy that he will shortly be facing...

Elements from the series are added in one of which I did not care much for is the watchers; A secret organization that does surveillance of the immortals for the sake of preserving history. The love life's of both Conner & Duncan are added, Conner's gaudy cliché of mourning his first wife Heather continues well a former love of Duncan's that makes for a sub-plot that adds into the main plot resurfaces.

Flashbacks like in the movie & the series are put in. The swordfights are all well done: & the lightning effects, of the quickening are placed in, as well. The script maintains a lot of elements from the movie & series; occasionally there are discrepancies that do not add up to what a fan well remember from previous movies but the entertainment shouldn't be greatly affected. The dialog that critics have sighted to be substandard is pretty accurate; tho for viewers or fans most of what will want to be seen in a movie like this is the swordfights. The directing was nothing special & the soundtrack in no way compared to the first Highlander & the main villain of this film was a little on the cheesy side.

~

I give this film a C + (Common) & I'm giving it a generous rating.
January 14, 2014
A 4th chapter completely wasted & very ugly. Why on earth did they need to make another horrible sequel to this already pretty awful franchise? Money maybe? As it is , it's just a waste of time. Too bad because the first was really awesome.
January 7, 2014
still fun just like the other films!
December 17, 2013
Is the Best epic final, where Duncan and Connor finish with a evil enemy and strong and their large relathionship. There can be only one!
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