Review of Higlander II: The Quickening

It was not too long ago when Highlander II: The Quickening had people falling in line in the cinemas. It was also well received in the box office as it stayed in the top 10 for quite sometime. It is definitely not a movie date but something you can watch with your friends while munching on some popcorn and soda. A lot of people had high expectations for this movie after the original turned out to be good. However, it did not live up to the hype as everything seemed rushed. It seems like they just wanted to know if they will make money if they make a sequel to the highly successful The Highlander. It ended up being a bad movie and the sequels that came after this completely ignored this movie which turned out to to be a good idea. They ended up admitting they made a mistake with Highlander II: The Quickening. The only good thing that came out of this sequel is the presence of legend Sean Connery even though his character got killed off in the first movie. It was never really explained how he came back to life as that just adds to the confusion to one of the most confusing stories I have ever seen. The acting was horrible too and Michael Ironside playing the villain is a prime example of that. He should be ashamed to be a part of this movie as it also had weak special effects. It makes you want to scroll though the end credits and find out who provided them those effects as it was downright terrible. The story basically conflicted what happened with the first Highlander but it was not a prequel either. Of course, I am not going to spoil what the other things that went down in the Highlander in case you want to see that movie again. You might be better off watching that movie again than watching Highlander II: The Quickening.

The Highlander II: The Quickening had some bad camera work and it is not known whether or not the director Russell Mulcahy meant for that to happen or not. A lot of critics actually rank this movie as one of the worst movies ever made. That statement would put the people involved in making this movie to shame. They should realize what they did wrong so they would not have to repeat it. If you don’t have any idea about the Highlander franchise then this movie could be worth checking out just for the laughs about how director Russell Mulcahy fumbles in the fight scenes and it makes it look like comedy relief. The script is also lacking as the scriptwriter probably did not even see the first movie which is a huge mistake. Even the poster of the movie does not look appealing at all. The trailer was also poorly made and that would already tell you that you are not going to watch a good movie. You can tell the people behind this movie did not put much effort into Highlander II: The Quickening. It is like the only quickening thing that happened is the making of this movie because it felt like it was rushed. It seems like they had another movie to make so they rushed this one to get it over with. That won’t sit well with fans of the franchise as they will go in the cinemas expecting a good movie only to be let down. The sequel is the complete opposite of the original because the original was nicely made as it had some scenes that will make you jump out of your seat in excitement. This movie had none of that as you will get completely bored throughout the entire thing. Don’t blame yourself if you fall asleep about less than halfway into it. You will get so confused with the story that you will completely ignore it and just marvel at the fight scenes. It would be a great idea to go into this film not expecting much because that is exactly what it gives you, not much at all. In fact, you will have a mixed feelings of disappointment and happiness when it is over.

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