Highlander: Endgame

  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

Common Sense Media says

One of those "what were they thinking?" movies.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The only significant female character is one of the bad guys, but she shows some regret about her choice.

Violence

Frequent sword fighting, including many off-screen decapitations, machine-gunning, an impaled corpse, a burning at the stake, and unrealistic martial arts. Connor sees his mother being burned at the stake.

Sex

A brief montage of sexual activity, with nudity.

Language

Some mild profanity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme violence, sex, and nudity. There's frequent sword fighting, including many off-screen decapitations, machine-gunning, an impaled corpse, a burning at the stake, and unrealistic martial arts. There's not much here for kids.

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What's the story?

Drawing from the TV series, this installment of the Highlander series follows Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) as he and his partner Duncan (Adrian Paul) are thrown into a violent competition of Immortals. Good battles evil, with the winners taking all.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME is one of those what-were-they-thinking? movies. Complete with recurring religious imagery and eye-rolling blather about revenge and redemption, this movie reaches for the sublime but succeeds only in being ridiculous. Based on a fair 1986 movie followed by two contradictory--and abysmal--sequels and a pair of TV series, this latest and supposedly final chapter allies the big-screen hero with his TV counterpart. The problems? The TV shows went off the air several years ago, and anyone unfamiliar with the earlier productions will be bewildered.

The director thinks slow-motion camera work, flammable industrial settings, and nausea-inducing aerial shots make for a compelling movie. Heroes in leather trench coats and a sarcastic villain with a clipped, cultured British accent pass for main characters. Add to the flaws a numbing repetition of sword fights, rife with irritating clashes of steel, and the movie amounts to another straight-to-Blockbuster dud. Yet the gravity-defying martial arts will no doubt appeal to some young action fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this was a worthy installment of the Highlander series

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 4, 2002
DVD release date:March 4, 2002
Cast:Adrian Paul, Bruce Payne, Christopher Lambert
Director:Douglas Aarniokoski
Studio:Dimension
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence and some strong sexuality

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