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Highlander 2: The Quickening

Omigod, what a terrible movie.

The original release of this movie was so colossally bad that I am amazed that it didn't sink the franchise before it truly began. Even the "renegade version" is freaking awful. Mercifully, I've forgotten a lot of the details, and I wasn't able to force myself to watch the whole thing in order to write a review.

I guess I could explain why I think it's so awful, though. They made the ghastly mistake of trying to explain their fantasy universe with practical shit. I suppose it can be done, but moving the story to the future and telling us that the immortals were aliens was not the way to do it. I think they were thinking Superman and Krypton. Wrong.

This movie had a fabulous cast: Christopher Lambert, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside, Sean Connery. All of them read the script and they still did this movie. Why? It's a mystery. Okay, money. But still. Think of the damage to your career, people.

Negative stars,

Billie Doux knows that there can be only one. And that's Methos.


  1. My wife is horrible at gift giving. I lead with this sentence not to slight my wife, whom I love very much, but to set the stage. She never knows what to get for me. Sometimes we’ll be in a store and I’ll mention that I like something. She’ll say “turn around while I buy it for you and then please forget about it by Christmas,” and then she’ll buy it and I have to wait for it. Or she’ll buy something without me and then out herself and mention how she bought it and is it something I’ll like and if not then we can return it.

    So imagine my surprise one Christmas morning when I opened a mystery present that turned out to be Highlander 2. I’d never seen the movie, but I had heard exactly how awful it was and was determined never to see or own it. I turned to my wife who with shining eyes and a big smile on her face said to me, “I know how much you love Highlander. I saw this and got it for you and aren’t you surprised because I didn’t even let slip that I bought it.” She was SO proud of herself! I was proud of her too. Proud because she had actually bought something that I should have liked and it was a total surprise to me. If only it wasn’t such a wretched mistake of filmmaking.

    So I watched it… once. Even with my lowered expectations it was worse than I imagined. How the franchise survived this, I’ll never know. I’ll probably never watch it again, but it sits on my DVD shelf in a place of honor next to the original Highlander (which was one of the first DVDs I bought). I will never get rid of it and I may just be the only person on the planet who is proud to own a copy of Highlander 2.

    And that’s my Highlander 2 story.

  2. Dustin, that's a lovely story. And pretty much the perfect comment for this terrible, terrible movie.


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