cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

amazon.gif
Top Selling DVD     Books

BLU-RAY DVDs:
50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Robocop
Selma
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
Akira
Avatar
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Bambi
A Bug's Life
Cars
Chronicles of Narnia set
Coraline
Ghostbusters
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Ratatouille
Rio
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
combo
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE

OFCS

Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

 DISNEY PIXAR DVDs
Alice in Wonderland
Bambi
Beauty and the Beast
Bolt
Cinderella
Coraline
E.T.
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Pinocchio
Princess Mononoke
Ratatouille
Rio 
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy


click for full sized poster

Highlander: Endgame

Starring Adrian Paul, Christopher Lambert, Bruce Payne
Screenplay by Joel Soisson
Highlander created by Greg Widen
Directed by Doug Aarniokoski
website: www.highlanderendgame.com/

IN SHORT: For all the historical baggage the Highlander series carries, not a bad popcorn flick. [Rated R for violence and some strong sexuality. 88 minutes]

As always, no comparison is made to Source Material.

That's an important point, since we believe that you shouldn't have to have read the book or seen an earlier movie/teevee series to understand a new film. We waffle sometimes when it comes to sequels, but in the case of the new Highlander movie, we clued some fanboys (women, actually) into the critics screening and they answered all of our questions afterwards. And, yes, there are several questions left unanswered by Highlander: Endgame, enough that the fans have no doubt that there will be a fifth installment somewhere down the line.

Highlander: Endgame, to these untutored eyes, looks very much like film adaptations of those 800 or 1000 page novels, where the screenwriter makes every effort to get every single detail from the (book) into the movie. Honestly? Screenwriter Joel Soisson didn't do a bad job of getting most of the history -- three movies, two teevee series and a multitude of other spinoffs -- into this flick, though the first half of the film sometimes feels like watching visual Cliff Notes. There are flashbacks all over the place detailing the life stories of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and his mortal wife, Heather (Beatie Edney) . . .

I didn't mention that there are Immortals walking the earth -- Connor, himself, is at least five hundred years old (see the last 'graph) -- all participants in something called The Game. One by one, each immortal must battle and, once decapitating an opponent, can take all the power and experience of the deceased and all the immortals previously killed by said corpse, into his being. The more you kill, the stronger you become.

Immortality is triggered by a violent event, usually death, which brings Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) and his soon to be immortal wife Kate (Lisa Barbuscia) into the saga -- living forever has some drawbacks which turns this happy loving couple into bitter enemies once Kate achieves her Destiny. Four hundred years on, Kate has taken a new name, Faith, and is allied with the strongest, most vicious immortal of them all, Jacob Kell (Bruce Payne), whose quest for vengeance against the Clan MacLeod will bring death to all.

Except the one who stands victorious.

Here's where it gets confusing for a novice like me. There is a mysterious band called Watchers who seem to referee and keep stats on the battles. There is a place called Sanctuary maintained for Immortals who don't want to play The Game any longer. Both these things are played up in the first half of the flick and then vanish, as is mention of "The Prize" -- whatever it is that the sole surviving immortal gets for winning The Game (notes on the website indicate The Prize is control of Planet Earth, but this is a bit of info strangely missing from the film). The Watchers indicate that their purpose is to ensure that there never is a winner, but that's a dangling plot point that leads to speculation about what happens if there ever is a Highlander 5.

Visually, Highlander:Endgame was fun. The story is a little clunky, though the flashbacks were smoothly integrated and not confusing, and the swordfights were pretty cool. But for all the big screen special effects, it still felt like a decent popcorn flick that could be best seen on the small screen. The fans behind me were not unhappy, but they were not frothing at the mouth with excitement on the way out, either.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Highlander: Endgame, he would have paid...

$4.00

Pay per view level. Speaking strictly as a novice, this movie works well enough that it is a good starting point for anything that could conceivably come in the next movie -- and we did walk out with enough unanswered questions to kick a new story into gear.

And would someone explain to me how Connor MacLeod, who achieved immortality in 1518 is, according to the press notes, 5000 years old?? It's not mentioned in the movie so I won't rag about it but my curiosity is surely piqued...

Click Here!

The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.