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Highlander: The Source (2007)

Adrian Paul , Thekla Reuten , Brett Leonard  |  R |  DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adrian Paul, Thekla Reuten, Cristian Solimeno, Peter Wingfield, Jim Byrnes
  • Directors: Brett Leonard
  • Writers: Gregory Widen, Mark Bradley, Stephen Kelvin Watkins
  • Producers: Adrian Paul, B.J. Rack, Chris Chrisafis, Christian von Tippelskirch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010YVCAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Seeking the origins of their immortality, the last band of eternal warriors, led by the Highlander, embark on a dangerous quest to find The Source in this thrilling new chapter of the legendary saga. Adrian Paul stars.

With spinoffs including live action and animated films and television series, comic books, and more, the Highlander franchise has yielded its fair share of noble moments over the years, starting with the original film in 1986. But while Highlander 5: The Source has some cool special effects work and enough video game violence to enthrall adolescent boys, longtime fans agree that this made-for-TV flick is, to put it mildly, no Oscar contender. Adrian Paul, reprising the role he played in Highlander: Endgame (2000) and the Highlander TV series, is Duncan MacLeod, the ageless Scotsman hailing from the 16th Century. The storyline isn't easy to decipher, but it has to do with the imminent cosmic alignment of the planets and other celestial bodies, which will lead to "the moment of the Source," wherein lies the secret to the origin of MacLeod and his crew's immortality. (A note about the film's tagline, "The quest for mortality begins": Seems that being immortal ain't all it's cracked up to be; not only can these guys die, but they are unable to breed, which is a big problem for Duncan and his mortal girlfriend, hence his plan to locate the Source and become, you know, a regular dude.) This is generic comic book stuff, taking place in a crumbling, Road Warrior-esque world populated by characters with names like The Elder, The Guardian, The Watchers, and The Ancient One. The script, by Stephen Kelvin Watkins and Mark Bradley, is fraught with big, portentous statements, while director Brett Leonard seems more interested in staging the next fight sequence than giving us a clue as to what's actually going on. If this is the end of the Highlander story, and many seem to think it will be, fans had every right to hope for a more dignified death knell than The Source. --Sam Graham

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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond bad January 19, 2008
If you thought the original cut of Highlander II was bad, just wait until you see Highlander: The Source, the fifth (and hopefully final) installment in the beloved series. The Source begins sometime in the distant future (*yawn*) as Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul), Methos (Peter Wingfield), Duncan's ex-wife Anna (Thekla Reuten), Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes), and a small band of immortals seek out "the source", which is said to be the origin place of the immortals. Standing in their way is the demonic Guardian (Cristian Solimeno), who is supposedly an all-powerful immortal that picks off our heroes one by one, leading to the inevitable showdown between him and Duncan. What ends up being the most infuriating about The Source for Highlander fans is how much the film ends up going against the mythology of the series, as well as Duncan and other character's motivations for seeking out "the source". The Jabba the Hutt lookalike in the film doesn't exactly help things out either, and the film as a whole is just one big jumbled mess, thanks to the lackluster, sloppily edited direction from Brett Leonard (Lawnmower Man, Man-Thing), and a cover-themed edition of the original Highlander soundtrack to boot (the version of "Who Wants to Live Forever?" is more annoying than anything else) just all amount to the worst sequel the series has ever seen. Adrian Paul seems to sleep through the film, and the ending is, well, see it for yourself if you're a Highlander fan, and decide which part of the film is the worst. All in all, Highlander: The Source is beyond bad, and no matter how much of a Highlander fan you may be, this should be avoided. If you are a fan though, you'll more than likely want to check this out anyway, but don't say I you hadn't been warned.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it no stars March 2, 2008
There have been two really great parts to the whole Highlander franchise: the original movie, and the TV series (especially from its second season on, when they introduced the concept of the Watcher organization, and wrote stories about a subgroup of Watcher who developed a religious fanatic-type fear and hatred of immortals, and started hunting them). Both these version of the Highlander franchise featured great characters, marvellous flashbacks, interesting villains, and dealt with both the positive and negative aspects of immortality, such as unending youth and strength, and the experience of being able to see whole different ages, such as most people can only dream about, balanced off against the loneliness of watching everyone around you age and die, with only a handful of people with whom you can form lasting bonds -- and many of them are out to take your head. It was thrilling stuff, and as the first movie and series proved, this concept was a rich source from which really great stories could be mined again and again.

How sad then that with the exception of that first film, the makers of Highlander movies have failed so dismally. This movie actually rivals "Highlander II: the Quickening" in sheer awfulness, and I hadn't believed that possible. I had a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I found that this movie was set in a near future where society had broken down into chaos and anarchy. Why on earth did the producers of this film choose to borrow an element from the worst movie in the entire franchise? The villain was so ridiculous he wasn't even remotely menacing or scary. What could EVER make anyone think a villain who yells "Helloo Joe!" as he sails through the air hit by a car (in a stupendously unrealistic stunt/special effect) would play well?
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Horrible! Do not buy! January 9, 2008
You will never see a worse movie, especially Highlander, than this steaming pile of fresh horse manure.

You are hearing this from someone who was an intense fan of the original movie, the television series, the third film and even gave Endgame (the fourth film) a chance. I hated that as well, but -NOTHING- and I mean NOTHING compares to how bad this is. This awful, wretched, steaming pile of waste makes even Endgame look like a viable film.

I cannot believe, for a second, that the actors agreed to this and let themselves be humiliated in this farce of a film. The director and producers should be strung up for this, if not worse. I cannot believe they are thinking of doing this as a trilogy and I hope, sincerely hope, that it doesn't ever go further. Highlander needs to be allowed to die off, because it seems the movies are getting worse and worse.

Please, please please do not buy this. Do not encourage them to produce more of this garbage and destroy the Highlander mythology and characters even further. What else can I say? If you like Highlander, do NOT buy this movie, because it will ruin it for you. It is beyond bad, it is beyond awful, it is something altogether wretched and vile. You will cry at how bad this movie is, so spare yourself the misery.

Shame on you Adrian Paul and everyone else involved, especially the producers, for making this awful, awful movie.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can a movie actually kill an entire franchise? February 22, 2009
The answer is YES and Highlander: The Source proves it. In what can only be considered a need for money, Adrian Paul reprises the role of Duncan Macloud in what must have been written by people who never saw any of the tv series or movies...or maybe they did and they wanted to truly kill it.

To be blunt, this movie is so bad, it should only be viewed by anyone who is addicted to the Highlander series and wants to find a way to break that addiction. This movie is like a drug user having such a bad delusion, that he'll never touch the stuff again.

SPOILER: In this movie, Duncan becomes the last immortal when he kills the worst bad guy in the history of movies and Methos (who up until this movie was the oldest immortal ever, until here where we find a bunch older than him) sacrifices his own life, a move that anyone who has ever seen him even in ONE episode of Highlander will realize that this is completely out of character for him.

But that's not the worst part of this movie.

Duncan becomes the final immortal and we find out what the prize's not ultimate power to run the world as we all thought, oh no no no...Duncan can now have babies.

Keep that in mind and see if you can ever watch another Highlander video again. The Four Horsemen, Connor, Kurrigan, Xavier St Cloud, ALL of it, all of the battles, every was all about who can get fertile sperm. Go ahead and try to watch those classic episodes knowing that THIS was the goal all along.

So if you enjoy Highlander and want to keep enjoying it, then avoid this one like the plague. Adrian Paul sure should have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Not my favorite of all the Highlander series...but...LOVE Duncan. Wish there were more Highlander movies. Must buy if you have the rest of the series.
Published 16 days ago by Kay Campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars The Source is an awful film for fans, critics and just about anyone...
Normally I would say c'mon it cant end this way there needs to be one more to get the bad taste out of fans mouths but this movie was so bad they definitely should reboot the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Action&Music
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Finally completing my collection of the Highlander movies!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie, Highlander fans who own the series buy this to complete your set
Published 2 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars I think it's pretty good once you get into higherlander gear
Actually, I think it's pretty good once you get into higherlander gear.
Published 2 months ago by Bluecat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Duncan McCloud!!
Published 3 months ago by Deena A. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars my view
I haven't seen the Source yet nor Endgame but getting ready to watch endgame on Netflix. I love the first movie and the Renegade Version of the second movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helen Cryan
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waist your time...
I'm a big Highlander fan, but this movie pretty muched left me wishing I had not watched it. It just did not have the same feel as the tv show or earlier movies.
Published 5 months ago by AK2AZ
1.0 out of 5 stars I promised myself I wouldn't cry
The only thing this movie does it make you realize Endgame wasn't as bad. If you're a Highlander fan who loves being punched in the face repeatedly, than by all means, buy this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steven Wilkins
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF?!
I just watched this last night. So bad, I think it gave me cancer!
I love the franchise, especially the tv series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. finn
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A Lot of Dialog Slipped Away to the Cutting Room Floor For USA....
Lucky you, to see the other version, and I knew I was missing a lot when I saw "USA Domestic Version" in the credits. I enjoyed "The Source" tremendously; but, the 90 minutes of feature on filming was much clearer than the entire movie with filters on it. I can understand an... Read More
Sep 29, 2008 by H. K. Chapman |  See all 3 posts
At least we have the highlander anime
I learned a new word- anime for the highly stylized form of Japanese animation. I think they did a great job; it was not totally handed over to anime; they combined various styles from different time periods. Or, am I recalling "Endgame"?
Sep 29, 2008 by H. K. Chapman |  See all 3 posts
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