HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION promises to be the last in the HIGHLANDER film series, which is just as well, since this entry cannot compete with either the earlier theatrical films or the cult television series.
In the 16th century, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) receives a spiritual lesson in self-defense from his master, Mako (Nakano), at a mountain retreat. Soon, an evil warrior, Kane the Magician (Mario Van Peebles), confronts and kills Mako in order to obtain his mystical gifts. Three hundred
years later, Kane and his three immortal henchmen, reappear in New York City, where they plot to take over the world. When the news reaches a recently widowed MacLeod in Marrakesh, where he is living in 1994 with his son, John (Gabriel Kakon), MacLeod immediately leaves to prepare for battle.
While trying to track down Kane in New York, MacLeod meets Alex Smith (Deborah Unger), a research scientist from the Museum of Ancient History, who is also looking for the destructive warrior. In the midst of their joint search, MacLeod and Alex realize that they were romantically involved during
the French Revolution, when her name was Sarah. After finding the old sword that Mako bequeathed him 300 years earlier, MacLeod travels to his ancestral home in Scotland, where he repairs his sword for the ultimate duel with Kane. But he returns to New York once he hears that Kane has kidnapped
John. The final confrontation determines the fate of humankind.
This HIGHLANDER might not seem so jaded to the uninitiated, but HIGHLANDER aficionados will immediately recognize how inferior it is next to the earlier movie and current television versions. Although Christopher Lambert repeats his film role as the immortal action hero, he is less dynamic than he
was in HIGHLANDER (1986) or even HIGHLANDER 2, THE QUICKENING (1991). He is also far less charismatic and interesting to watch than Adrian Paul of the European television serial. Moreover, in this film, Lambert inexplicably whispers his lines, while the special effects are deafening. Wolf
Kroeger's interior production design is slick and colorful, and Scotland is pleasing to look at, but the photography and editing poorly cover the visuals. About the only fun in the picture is watching Mario Van Peebles overplay his villainous role. (Nudity, sexual situations, mild profanity.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: R
- Review: HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION promises to be the last in the HIGHLANDER film series, which is just as well, since this entry cannot compete with either the earlier theatrical films or the cult television series. In the 16th century, Connor MacLeod (Chri… (more)