In this labyrinthine sequel the Immortal MacLeod saves the people of Earth from immanent ozone layer-related destruction by building a shield that deflects sunlight. But the people of Earth aren't especially grateful as the constant state of night has made them cranky and prone to criminal sprees. Moreover bounty hunters from the Immortals' home planet Zeist have given chase and it could mean curtains for us all unless MacLeod and an ecologist can liberate the Earth and banish t
Every now and then comes a sequel so amazingly absurd that it defies all explanation and becomes a cult phenomenon unto itself, Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991) is one of those films. Now there are two versions of this sequel; they're more or less the same but I'd recommend you purchase Highlander 2: The Renegade Version--Director's Cut (released on R1 DVD in 2004 and out on R1 Blu-Ray this month), not simply because you get a few extra scenes, revamped effects and a more coherent back story. But because of the brilliant attempt to explain the plot by producer William Panzer and director Russell Mulcahy, who admit that they had to come up with a sequel idea after the excellent original (a box office failure and panned by most critics) proved to be a hit on home video and laserdisc.
Set in 2024 AD, the movie sees Conner McLeod (Christopher Lambert) having won the prize, relinquish his immortality and live out his days as an old scientist. Now global warming was a big deal in when this film was made, so McLeod is the man responsible for creating an emergency protective shield to stand in for Earth's depleted ozone layer. Trouble is, it enshrouded Earth in a permanent night that led to a crime wave and spiralling chaos. And if that wasn't bad enough, it seems the whole battle of the immortals isn't quite over either because, wait for it, they all come from another planet (in the theatrical release) and from a long time ago in a parallel dimension on Earth (in the Renegade version): Apparently, McLeod and Rameriz were rebel soldiers in this era, both were captured and exiled to Earth (or sent to a parallel Earth time-line). But McLeod's arch-enemy and immortal; General Katana (Michael Ironside) sets out to pursue and kill McLeod because, as we all know, 'there can be only one'.
The Quickening refers to the massive, metaphysical rush of power that an immortal feels after winning each duel, and it's the Quickening that rejuvenates McLeod as the battle of the immortals resumes and he becomes embroiled in the ongoing war between the corrupt corporations who've taken over The Shield and the freedom fighters of Cobalt. A group that believes the Ozone layer has replenished itself, and that The Shield is now just a scam to justify Draconian laws. Cobalt is led by Virginia Madsen and its' interesting to see Hollywood portray a character like this is in a positive light, for in today's Politically Correct world, she'd probably be labelled a 'climate change denier' or some other such nonsense.
Highlander 2 is a unique, atmospheric and unusual film to say the least, its about as different to the original as a sequel could get but its still got some good visual effects, inventive duels and engaging performances from Ironside, Lambert and Madsen. Sean Connery also makes a triumphant return as Rameriz about halfway through the film, memorably transported slap bang in the middle of a performance of 'Hamlet', Connery's charisma and wit makes this more than a lazy cash-in and though he's not in it for nearly as long as he ought to be, there are still a couple of good scenes such as the one where Conner and Rameriz break into the Shield complex and casually brush off a hail of automatic gunfire, take out some security guards and reminisce about old times.
Highlander 2 is the last legitimate Highlander movie as far as I'm concerned, Connery called it quits after this but Lambert returned for another two, each one worse than its predecessor and what with the spin offs and series spin off movies, only die hard masochists stuck with it. As it stands, Highlander 2: The Quickening / Highlander 2: The Renegade Version is a bizarre but brilliant and strangely fitting finale for this cult hero, one of those rare occasions where the legend becomes bigger than the film and the whole thing takes on a life of its own. Movie magic?.kind of.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. In this labyrinthine sequel, the Immortal MacLeod saves the people of Earth from immanent ozone layer-related destruction by building a shield that deflects sunlight. But the people of Earth aren't especially grateful, as the constant state of night has made them cranky and prone to criminal sprees. Moreover, bounty hunters from the Immortals' home planet, Zeist, have given chase, and it could mean curtains for us all unless MacLeod and an ecologist can liberate the Earth and banish the assassins.
Sequel to 'Highlander'. The year is 2024, and the population of Earth are under the impression that the ozone layer has been totally depleted. Former Immortal Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is now an old man, reviled by the media for his part in the construction of a protective shield, which is now in the hands of a corrupt corporation. However, when a batch of evil new Immortals arrive on the planet, McCleod's powers are magically restored, and - with the help of his resurrected mentor Ramirez (Sean Connery) - he sets out to see if the ozone layer really has been destroyed...