Highlander II – The Quickening

Audiences unfamiliar with the first film will be hard put to follow the action [from a story by Brian Clemens] as it incoherently hops about in time and space.

With:
Christopher Lambert Sean Connery Virginia Madsen Michael Ironside John C. McGinley Allan Rich

Audiences unfamiliar with the first film will be hard put to follow the action [from a story by Brian Clemens] as it incoherently hops about in time and space.

Original topliners Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery are back (as is Aussie director Russell Mulcahy). Lambert plays immortal Connor MacLeod, who, despite his Scottish ancestry, hails from the planet Zeist. He and partner Ramirez (Connery) were banished to Earth for participating in a failed rebellion.

One storyline involves assassins led by Michael Ironside, and the other concentrates on the disappearing ozone layer. Connor joins with scientists to devise a sun shield projected into space. The shield is controlled by a large, untrustworthy (natch) corporation, which keeps the later renewal of the ozone layer a secret.

Lambert manages to decapitate the villains arrayed against him while teaming up with attractive environmental terrorist Virginia Madsen. Connery, sporting long white hair in a ponytail, occasionally appears wielding a broadsword.

Highlander II comes alive during the action scenes, including an unexplained but nail-biting segment in which deranged Ironside takes over a subway train and drives it at 400 mph, sending its terrified passengers crashing through windows.

Pic was lensed in Argentina on an apparently generous budget.

[In 1997 a 109-min. Renegade Version, The Directorector’s Cut was issued on homevideo.]

Highlander II - The Quickening

Production: Davis-Panzer/El Khoury-Defait/Lam Bear. Dir Russell Mulcahy; Producer Peter S. Davis, William Panzer; Screenplay Peter Bellwood; Camera Phil Meheux; Editor Herbert C. de la Boullerie; Music Stewart Copeland Art Dir Roger Hall

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Christopher Lambert Sean Connery Virginia Madsen Michael Ironside John C. McGinley Allan Rich

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