Highlander II: The Quickening
Director: Russell Mulcahy Run Time: 91 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1991
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside, John C. McGinley, Allan Rich
Note: this will be a print of the original theatrical version
In the year 2024, Connor MacLeod, an aging man in mortal form, is bemoaning his life’s work. The electromagnetic shield that once saved the earth from the scorch of the sun after the ozone thinned out has now, 25 years later, created a brutalist environment with a miserable populous. But the corporation that maintains the shield is unwilling to give up its cash cow, despite emerging proof that the ozone has repaired itself.
As flamboyant as it is bloated, Highlander II: The Quickening is brimming with pleasures for the cinematically adventurous. You need not know or care about the Highlander canon (but it’s okay if you do) – show up for the ever-villainous Michael Ironside’s Katana, wreaking havoc over all modes of transport, and Sean Connery’s Ramirez, marveling at the modern world, plus a well-placed bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace,” and multiple decapitations. It’s the kind of pile of nonsense we crave.