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Immortals, they have secretly dwelt among us for thousands of years but their origins have been shrouded in mystery. The answers, prophets say, are to be found in The Source. The last band of eternal warriors, lead by Duncan MacLeod, the Highlander, have set out on a treacherous quest to find the origin of their immortality. But to learn the truth, they must first defeat The Guardian of the Source, a powerful killer who will destroy all who seek its secrets.
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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Just a question: Was Christopher Lambert ever killed off in his movies?
Adrian Paul's Duncan MacCloud doesn't even feel like the same character. Suddenly he is teaming up with enemy immortals to find the original immortal so they can kill it so they can....oh heck I don't remember. I don't even care. I watched this just because I'd seen every other Highlander story. I wanted to be thorough. But there is a good reason why there hasn't been another Highlander movie since. The Source took a katana to the head of the Highlander franchise and finally killed it.
Now still trying to give it a chance, I watched it the next day, fully rested with nothing to do - WoW! was my first thought. Were they trying to loose money? Who was in charge? This was not the actors fault or the crew of the movie. This was all on the creative side. Stupid!! Bad writing, bad directing, bad producing. Looks like it was made by first year students in film school in Lithuania with a budget of $40 and a computer.
Next time this studio wants to tank a movie give me the 13 million dollars, a successful franchise and I will make an awful movie, cause I don't know what I am doing and neither did they.
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