Never has a franchise been more surprisingly prolific or brain-bogglingly convoluted than Highlander
. In case you were wondering why, Endgame
will give you an answer of sorts. It's always great to see folks hacking away at each other with swords, especially when they are imaginatively choreographed action-actors like Adrian Paul and Christopher Lambert. But it's all complicated by the fact that they shouldn't be together at all.
Ever since the first film, no writer has been able (or bothered) to follow the continuity it established. The second film (The Quickening) is considered forgettably apocryphal, with only the third (The Sorcerer) making some sort of vague chronological sense. Then the TV series began in 1992 (starring Paul) and created its own rules and timeline. Skip over a further TV spin-off and even an animated series, and we now have Endgame, which flips between present-day New York, 16th-century Scotland and various times in-between, with none of it even attempting to tie-in with anything that has gone before.
But if you can get past its basic inconsistencies, it's fun to see an aging Lambert in a kilt, still wielding that sword. The new baddies are pretty cool too, though, more importantly, the film proves conclusively that the original legend "There can be only one" was a complete lie. Heads will roll again. --Paul Tonks
Highlander: The Final Dimension