Highlander 2: The Quickening

views updated

Highlander 2: The Quickening ★½ Highlander 2: Renegade Version 1991 (R)

The saga of Connor MacLeod and Juan Villa-Lobos continues in this sequel set in the year 2024. An energy shield designed to block out the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays has left planet Earth in perpetual darkness, but there is evidence that the ozone layer has repaired itself. An environmental terrorist and her group begin a sabotage effort and are joined by MacLeod and Villa-Lobos in their quest to save Earth. Stunning visual effects don't make up for the lack of substance. The Renegade version is a director's cut, which has been reedited and contains some 19 additional minutes of footage. 90m/C VHS, DVD . Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside, John C. McGinley; D: Russell Mulcahy; W: Peter Bellwood; C: Phil Meheux; M: Stewart Copeland.