HIghlander II: The Quickening (1991) Review:

You’ll quickly discover how bad this is.

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Cast: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, John C. McGinley, et al.

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Runtime: 91 minutes

Plot (taken from IMDb): In the future, Highlander Connor Macleod must prevent the destruction of the Earth under an anti-ozone shield.

Highlander II: The Quickening is awful in every single way, it doesn’t make sense, it is full of plot holes, terrible acting, terrible cinematography, terrible music, terrible production design and it literally tells us why it does not make sense. However, I cannot give the film a zero out of one hundred, and here’s why:

It has one decent shot in it! Yes, you heard it here, one decent shot – a shot that happens to be a carbon copy of one from the first film of a spiral staircase.

It is quite funny to see how bad the film is, particularly in the acting, particularly from John C. McGinley (of Dr. Cox fame). This film is actually quite a laugh, but to critique it, I can have a field day.

Literally every plot point, every conceived idea throughout the whole film does not make sense. Things happen, and we are left to wonder why, how and why again. We are led from idiotic plot-point to plot-point to Ill-conceived set-piece for 91 minutes, each scene filled with as much confusion as horrible filmic qualities.

To pinpoint one particular example of something coming from nothing in the film is the “love story” plot. They hate each other, and then love each other, just like that, Russell Mulcahy really knew his way around how to pace a film. You think there’s more to the love? Yes, there is: she’s put in a skip before she loves him. Oh, and she’s apparently trying to stop some organisation of the evil persuasion from using the device that makes sense for some reason.

Hey, we sure are in a bad film.
Hey, we sure are in a bad film.

Christopher Lambert (the Highlander) is old for the opening of the movie, and the voice he does is amazingly terrible. You really have to strain to hear him, sure it’s funny, but it’s also shockingly awful.

Ugh. I honestly don’t know how they made a film as bad as this, there is no sense of direction, and you never understand the characters or their plight and feel nothing for them. But still you laugh, laugh about how bad the film is; and for that, I can actually recommend Highlander II, but as a serious piece of filmic art? No.


Highlander II: The Quickening provides ample argument for those that believe film is not art. This is one mess of a film that fails on every conceivable level but gets a nod as a curio, as one of the worst films ever made.

It literally points out plot holes. Enough said.



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