Highlander II: Renegade Version
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Theatrically released in 1991 as Highlander II: The Quickening, this sequel was later reedited and gained a small but loyal following (prompting a spinoff TV series), but at the time of its release critic Roger Ebert called it "the most hilariously
Theatrically released in 1991 as Highlander II: The Quickening, this sequel was later reedited and gained a small but loyal following (prompting a spinoff TV series), but at the time of its release critic Roger Ebert called it "the most hilariously incomprehensible movie ... almost awesome in its badness." In other words, you might find some guilty pleasure in this chaotic sequel to 1986's Highlander, in which Christopher Lambert reprises his role as Connor MacLeod, a member of the alien race known as "Immortals," banished to Earth from his home planet Zeist some 500 years ago. In the year 1999, Lambert owns a corporation that has created a shield to protect the Earth following the depletion of the ozone layer. But the shield is seized by an evil cartel, and Virginia Madsen plays a scientist who assists MacLeod in his mission to destroy the cartel. Sean Connery also reprises his role from Highlander as the Scottish Immortal named Ramirez (?!), but by the time he starts engaging in dashing swordplay you may wonder if he's wandered in from another movie altogether. Highlander fans welcomed the laserdisc and DVD release of this "renegade" director's cut, which attempts to clarify the original version's confusing plot. --Jeff Shannon
- Documentary "Highlander 2: To Be or Not to Be... a Sequel?" containing new interviews with the actors and the producers about the need of a Renegade version of Highlander 2
- Production stills
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The Renegade Version release of this movie on DVD makes an admirable attempt at trying to fix this, but unfortunately has to rely on an old fomula of "once upon a time, in the distant, forgotten past, humans were more evolved than we are now" to make it work. The Renegade Version is hobbled from being a proper entry into the Highlander franchise by the story that was filmed, and no amount of rearranging scenes or restoring deleted scenes can make sufficient changes to the movie to fix it.
In the end, you buy this movie because of the "2" in the title (because most collectors abhor gaps in their collections), and do what the producers did when they made the following move .... pretend Highlander 2 never existed.
What's worse is that they took one of the best premises around, the HIGHLANDER concept, and so messed and muddled it. In my book this mucked-up monster has replaced BATTLEFIELD EARTH as the most incomprehensible waste of money in cinematic history. (Whew. I feel better. Not much though; but the bad mental taste is somewhat exorcised.)
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