Highlander 2: The Quickening Reviews
At least in that regard its BETTER because anythings better than
But on its own or related to highlander in any way, Its awful. And the poster.. Ohhh lord the awful poster..
Simply should have never happened..... sickens me to think of someone earning a good salary in a great industry and getting paid to churn s$$t like this out
The film is a mess, from the confusing plot to the jumps from scenes (MacLeod changes swords and location during his final duel)
All involved should be ashamed of themselves.
There is a Renegade Cut (Directors Cut) that erases all the stupid Planet Zeist nonsense and attempts to fill in the holes in the original with unfinished scenes. This is actually slightly better but i would still only give it 1 star.
Still he did finance it himself so it deserves a mention.
Highlander should have been a stand alone movie.
The Highlander was SO good that "I guess" a sequel was called for is perhaps the explanation for this film but it's just SO, SO, SO bad. From Sean Connery making a comeback (spoiler he was killed in the first film) to the unnecessary dystopian future to the TERRIBLE acting from the main lead. It's pretty much unwatchable. I watched it simply to "refresh" myself as to how bad this film was to get ready for an @HDTGM podcast and I'm glad I did but otherwise I would have been happy going the rest of my life not having re-watched this film.
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.