Highlander: Endgame Movie Review
The two Highlander worlds meet in this final (hopefully) match to the death that looks pretty identical to the first film of the series. Adrian Paul, the star of the television show, and Christopher Lambert, the star of the movies, team up against a powerful immortal with more kills than the both of them combined, who is bent on killing all those that Connor McCloud cherishes.
The movie unfolds quickly, introducing some confusing turn of events that make Highlander: Endgame surprisingly good in the first half hour. The plot is seemingly intricate as you really do not know what is going on, and strange things are unfolding and changing. Then everything clicks and you realize that this movie really isn't that complicated, and that it is deceiving you.
Highlander: Endgame has a decent enough plot that puts a few twists on the long-running series, and there are some entertaining scenes, but, just as expected, it has some flaws that keep this movie from becoming anything more than a B-grade, TV-quality film.
First off, you have Adrian Paul, a television actor, and Christopher Lambert, who basically only does direct-to-video movies nowadays. Neither of them can pull off much emotion at all, even when their loved ones are dying. They are not very entertaining to watch.
Second, every fifteen minutes or so Highlander: Endgame throws in some stupid little line or stunt that just makes it look dumb. In one scene, some monks are firing guns at a motorcycle; the motorcycle blows up, but the driver is able to leap forward from it and cut the monks up. In another, an immortal thug enters the room holding a baseball bat with spikes in it, and he says, "Did anyone order a club sandwich?" Wow, what a great script.
Third, the graphics do not look any better than they did in the original, which came out a long time ago.
Highlander: Endgame is nowhere as bad as I expected, but it still should have been sent directly to television.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.