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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Highlander (1986)

This is the movie that begun it all.  Highlander is an original piece of Sci-Fi fantasy that contains elements of horror.  Christopher Lambert plays Connor MacLeod an immortal Scottish swordsman who with the help of Sean Connery discovers his identity and develops his powers.  Lambert plays MacLeod with a quite intensity.  Although I personally prefer Adrian Paul in the role, you gotta give credit to Lambert for getting the ball rolling.  Connery is hilarious as MacLeod's mentor Juan Ramirez, who is also an immortal.  In this role he is Captain Jack Sparrow before there were was a Captian Jack Sparrow.  Who knew Connery has such great comedic timing.  
The other stand out role in Highlander is Clancy Brown as Victor Kruger, MacLeod's nemesis who is hell bent on destroying the Scotsman.  He channels a little bit of Mad Max in his performance and just his presence on screen is creepy before he ever utters a word.
The cinematography is Highlander is absolutely gorgeous, especially those "swooping" scenes of the Scottish countryside which provide an interesting contrast to the dark urban scenes that are set in the present time.  Combine great visuals with the music of Queen and it's a total home run for me.  Kudos to director Russell Mulcahy [Resident Evil: Extinction, Tales From the Crypt] for putting everything together and giving this film an epic feel without getting too self-pretentious.
Highlander spawned a successful TV series as well as a number of sequels.  Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard of this film by now.  If you haven't, it's time to climb out from under your rock and and rent this one ASAP.  It's not the greatest film in the world but it's a classic as far as I'm concerned.  The story itself feels so fresh and original.  I still enjoy watching it even though I've probably seen it two dozen times already.  It never gets old.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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