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Highlander II: The Quickening

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United Kingdom, France, Argentina · 1991
Rated R · 1h 49m
Director Russell Mulcahy
Starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction

In the year 2025, the ozone layer is believed to have been destroyed. It is up to MacLeod and Rameriz to set things right. Opposition comes from both the planet Ziest (MacLeod and Ramirez's homeworld) and a corporation profiting from the supposed lack of ozone. Also, flashbacks show the story behind MacLeod and Ramirez's exile from Ziest.

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Time Out by

Leaden, laden with effects, short on imagination.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

It makes clearer much that was so vague in the original; it even jokes about how confusing its premise is. In short, audiences who made the first film successful enough to warrant a second will be getting a bit more for their money.


Boston Globe by Matthew Gilbert

The dullest and shoddiest action-adventure flick of the year, with only a few cute Sean Connery moments to rescue it from total, sheer and utter bogosity. [01 Nov 1991, p.29]


Washington Post by Rita Kempley

With its fancifully moldering sets and technical effects, Highlander 2 is little more than a barbarous arena, a Conanistic return to paganism for those among us who still laugh at violence.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Highlander 2: The Quickening is the most hilariously incomprehensible movie I've seen in many a long day - a movie almost awesome in its badness.

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