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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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I am embarrassed for Adrian Paul, Peter Wingfield, and Jim Byrnes. They must be living in truly hard times to stoop to this lowest of levels.
If someone out there is debating between watching this "show" and having multiple root canals done I would suggest the root canals to be the more pleasant option. There is just not enough disappointment in the would for me to find something to compare to this so that I may have a viable description for prospective viewers to prepare them for this looser. I truly would have been happier to see James Horton kill Duncan McLeod so that he would have been spared the indignation of being associated with this story.
Now just so there is not a chance of misunderstanding.
I do not like this show. I think it is crap. I feel as if I need, after watching this dung fest, to wash my eyes out with a mixture Clorox Bleach and 91% Isopropyl alcohol using a wire brush no less. As it is I am thinking of filing a class action lawsuit against the makers of this movie to try and reimburse at least a wee bit for the countless hours of nightmarish agony, pain and suffering caused by the abortion. But I most likely will not because the negative effects of this pig are most likely eternal and the makers I know do not have the means to cover even the wee tiniest degree of what it is truly worth.
Did I mention that this show is really bad?
Please live without it.
David C. Maughan
The performers did what they could with what they were given, & the story line, while appearing dedicated to killing the franchise rather than rejuvenating it, is easy to follow. The direction and cinematography however...
The movie has the look and feel of a poorly shot mid to late 80's music video.
I have loved the Highlander franchise for years. This film is the worst of the worst of it.
This movie successfully destroys and ignores the entire mythology set up during both the movies and the series, and what few elements the movie did use of the original mythology, this film abused, pillaged and regurgitated. And that was when you could get a plot line out of this CGI-Action-Special Effects sandbox. This thing made Highlander 2 believable. It's one giant toilet flush of everything built out of the original movies and series. Even more so than EndGame, which had a tendency to screw with the plot lines, this one just murders them.
And the ending is gag worthy for those die-hard fans of the show. This movie didn't end soon enough, and for those who want to preserve the good of the series and the original movies, and would like to just keep telling themselves it hasn't ended, feel free and duck this vile excuse for a movie. You would be better off. The only way to fix this thing is to say that it was some alternate universe and never happened, because otherwise, this is just an insult to the entire franchise.