Highlander: Endgame Movie Review

He is Duncan MacLeod of the clan MacLeod. He's been pimpin' it since he was born in the village of Glennfillan in 15somethingsomething, and he continues to pimp it in modern day. He is immortal and he cannot die.

Much to our chagrin.

Well, I am typing this review up at about 4:20 in the morning, after having endured the director's cuts of each previous Highlander, watched a few more episodes of the series, and successfully ransacked my living space to find my keys. And, having done all of this, I offer to you this critic's opinion of Highlander: Endgame.

There was a joke on Mad About You a while back that referred to what the title of Die Hard 4 would be... Die Already. Going into Highlander: Endgame, anyone who has endured the three prior films and is still left standing comes in with the same kind of attitude. Have the gathering already and be done with it... just don't have us hear either Duncan or Connor MacLeod introduce themselves one more time... we're sick of hearing it.

This time around, we get a spin off of both the series and the franchise itself... which means we get to meet Connor, Duncan, Duncan's immortal wife, that other 5,000 year old guy Methos, the watchers... just about everyone is here, and more heads are being lost than in France circa 1780.

Viewed as a stand-alone film, Highlander: Endgame posses all of the elements of a straight-to-video action movie. Cheap special effects that look cool, weak characters that still pull heartstrings, and a bunch of actors no one really knows unless you have seen this or that obscure flick. And, taking that view, one wonders why the hell I even had to watch Highlander: Endgame in theatres.

Regardless, due to the fact that I have some responsibility to inform you and thus empower you to make the decision to not waste $8 to see Endgame, I should tell you about the plot. The watchers, who basically work part-time to keep count of the battle between immortals (I suppose it pays better than, say, the Army Reserve) run a place called The Sanctuary, which a psychotic immortal (there's one in every Highlander) called Kell (Bruce Payne) and his band of immortal cronies raid and destroy... despite the fact that it is on Holy Ground and killing immortals on Holy Ground is one of those Highlander no-nos. Once again, it is up to the Highlander(s) to stop the psycho, and this brings in a kitschy Sean Connery/Christopher Lambert like relationship between Connor (Lambert) and Duncan (Adrian Paul) and an even more kitschy relationship between Faith (one of those aforementioned no-names) and Duncan, who were once married until Duncan stabbed her in the stomach to make sure they could be together forever. (Wasn't that the defense of some murderer a ways back?)

The action sequences are decent, but the effects end up so god-awful towards the end (such as a terrible face-morph from Duncan's face to Connor's and back again) that all you can do is cringe. In fact, the only good thing you can get out of Highlander: Endgame is watching obscure Kung Fu actor Donnie Yen kick some ass, and that only lasts about 30 seconds.

What is really pitiful is that, when all is said and done, Highlander: Endgame isn't really the end. There are still more heads to chop off, and at least two immortals remain on the face of the planet. Which does explain (and I say this was about as much rancor as a man anticipating a root canal) why one of the four former titles -- Highlander: World Without End -- was changed.

Definitely no product placement here.

Cast & Crew

Producer : Peter S. Davis,


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minty

well i also watched all the highlander movies including the end game and thought your review was witty but off the truth, im unsure as too why someone who advises us not to spend $8 on the movie sat through and watched so much highlander in the first placeil admit none of the sequels can touch the original as there can be only one but this is true of any great movie! it may not have the budget of some of the blockbusters of today but it still produced a good movie that any highlander fan will enjoy like myself.i was sad to see that connor did not have a more of a part to play in the old sword fighting scenes but i guess age catches up with even immortals lol. i wish they had of came up with some more original fighting scenes as duncan cannot be taken seriosuly especially when they resort to almost laural and hardy slap stick fighting.highlander is not a movie its a way of life, come on lambert u have one more movie in you, if ramirez can return then so can you !

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Highlander: Endgame Rating

" Terrible "

Rating: R, 2000

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