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Old February 17 2009, 07:49 PM   #1
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Highlander: The Source aka Highlander 5

I finally saw this via Netflix hoping for a modestly decent flick after all I had heard about it being shite.

A number of things are wrong with this film but let me state what I think should have been the first sign an executive or producer or studio suit said, "HOLD UP".

The fact its set in a devestated unknown future where chaos reigns. The desolate setting is to akin to The Quickening which was a bad Highlander film.

Then you toss in this cosmic, extradimenional angle and again uneasy similarites to the "immortals as aliens" from Quickening start to surface.

When themes from the worst entry in the series are dominating your script you should sit up and be able to say NO, a 5th Highlander will not happen under this premise. Its not the way to prop up the franchise. Instead they offered the franchise up for remake/reboot.

I swear I think I've seen better special affects as awhole better on 'Wizards of Waverly Place'.

What a dissapointing movie. If they were trying to elevate the work of Uwe Boll then they did a good job.
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Old February 17 2009, 07:57 PM   #2
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Re: Highlander: The Source aka Highlander 5

total suck, this movie is . . .

The Series will always be my fav
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Old February 17 2009, 09:15 PM   #3
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Re: Highlander: The Source aka Highlander 5

Worst Highlander EVER. Worse than Highlander 2. I'm sorry I watched it. I want to forget about it.

I hope the remake of the original goes through.
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Old February 17 2009, 09:51 PM   #4
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The shame of it is, there are some elements of the film that are cool. I like the idea of a "super" Immortal. It's one of the few times we get to see an Immortal with power. He was also physically imposing and had the cruel playfulness that harkened back to the Kurgan. It was also great to see some of the original cast together again on film, and a couple of the fight sequences were really well done. I'm also all for trying to explain "The Source" and what Immies fighting is all for if anything.

Other than that? Crap. As you said, another post-apocalyptic future? I mean? Why?! It failed financially the last three times the franchise tried it. What is this odd obsession with that? And the fate of MaCleod's sword? Lame! The final scene just made me scratch my head and make a noise akin to "Bwah?". They seriously need to stop trying to set Highlander in a Mad Max world and just get back to basics.
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Old February 17 2009, 10:05 PM   #5
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Worst Highlander EVER. Worse than Highlander 2. I'm sorry I watched it. I want to forget about it.
Highlander II was at least a reasonably competently made sci-fi action/thriller if you just forget that it is a sequel.

Sadly, having thought at the time that it was terrible it has gone on to be my favourite sequel, by default since all the others were simply appalling on every conceivable level.
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Old February 17 2009, 11:00 PM   #6
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It failed financially the last three times the franchise tried it. What is this odd obsession with that?
I thought Final Dimension and Endgame were set in our present, or present day for when they were shown.
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Old February 17 2009, 11:11 PM   #7
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Ah, I see they produced another Highlander installment that thought that it could get away with ignoring the two pivotal Highlander rules:

1) Highlander takes place in present day with flashbacks into the past.

2) The whole immortality thing can't be explained. "It's a kind of magic."

Ignoring those two rules is a recipe for garbage.
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Old February 17 2009, 11:48 PM   #8
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Rule 3. Dont mess with the Kurgan!!
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Old February 17 2009, 11:50 PM   #9
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I thought Final Dimension and Endgame were set in our present, or present day for when they were shown.
I was talking more about the franchise overall. The trips into post-apocalyptic worlds are:

1. Highlander 2

2. Highlander: The Animated Series

3. Highlander: Vengeance

While "Vengeance" was a really cool film, it didn't do that well on DVD and the other two were total failures financially. It amazes me they keep dipping back into that well.
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Old February 18 2009, 12:30 AM   #10
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Yeah, The Source was HORRIBLE! I don't usually care too much for anime but even I thought Vengeance was much better.
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Old February 18 2009, 02:15 AM   #11
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Worst Highlander EVER. Worse than Highlander 2. I'm sorry I watched it. I want to forget about it.
Highlander II was at least a reasonably competently made sci-fi action/thriller if you just forget that it is a sequel.
Agreed. Actually, it has the best production values of the entire series, particularly in the big flying fight against the 2 weirdo henchmen. It's impressive how much Sean Connery they were able to pack into the film considering he was only there for a week. And while Ramirez's return is kinda wasted due to the fact that he dies again anyway... IT'S SEAN FUCKING CONNERY!!!!!

Just forget that it's supposed to be a sequel to the first film and don't ask why they decided to smush together a story about swordfighting immortals and a story about a laser shield replacing the ozone.

But even with the incredibly low standards set by the sequels so far, The Source was STILL a disappointment. Why does it end with a flashback recap of the movie we just watched?! Why kill off Joe Dawson & Methos in such pointless ways?!
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Old February 18 2009, 02:22 AM   #12
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One review about Highlander 2 said that Connery's constant smirk is because he's thinking about the paycheck he got for appearing in the movie.
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Old February 18 2009, 05:11 AM   #13
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Highlander: The Source blew chunks.

As for the post-apocalyptic future...the strange thing is that they didn't do anything with it. Was it really post-apocalyptic? Or was the town that Duncan was in at the beginning just shitty? Anytime we visit characters outside of "Duncan Town" (such as Methos and the priest guy), everything looks fine and not overly futuristic (save for those nifty telephone glasses).
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Old February 18 2009, 05:15 AM   #14
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It's like they go out of their way to make bad Highlander sequels.

Highlander 6 will be even more shitty. Just watch.
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Old February 18 2009, 05:30 AM   #15
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