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Highlander: The Source
cast: Adrian Paul, Thekla Reuten, Cristian Solimeno, Peter Wingfield, and Jim Byrnes

director: Brett Leonard

95 minutes (15) 2007
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Momentum DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 1/10
reviewed by James A. Stewart
Unexplained phenomena have long since been the concern of those at Fortean Times. From ectoplasm and alien sightings to things that go bump in the night, the good people of FT would investigate and explain the impossible in layman's terms to us mere mortals. Thus, we should call on them to explain Highlander: The Source.

This is a film so devoid of plus points that it flies in the face of the term 'it could be worse'. Erm... no, it couldn't. Aficionados of the original Highlander movie still shudder at the god-awful sequel imposed on us when the tagline "there can be only one" became an inconvenience in the eyes of the budget holders and profiteers. Highlander II was, up until this month, the worst sequel I had ever had the misfortune to watch; how ironic a film in the same franchise should be worse.

The films' characters are based around those from the moderately successful TV spin-off. The story centres on the quest for the Source, the immortals' Holy Grail. The excesses of modern man have ravaged the planet; chaos reigns and the immortals seek the Source to bring order once more. However, their attempts to find the source are being hampered by the Guardian, quite possibly the least convincing bad-guy in living memory. Meantime, Duncan MacLeod is going through a crisis of conscience and confidence. Without him the chances of defeating the Guardian are slim.

It is easy to see why this was a straight to TV movie in the US. It seems that the bit-part actors, particularly the bad-guys and looters, are all lifted from the big-bumper book of clichéd eastern European baddies. In case this wasn't obvious enough, the director decided stick them all in black leather to get that point across. No one comes out of this with much in the way of credit. The storyline itself is pretty dire and the plotline inherently obvious. The writing and dialogue is painfully fragmented and stutters along dreadfully. Musically, it doesn't improve with one particularly ghastly montage including a cover of a Queen song from the original Highlander.

The direction and action scenes are horrible. The cast act with the contrived frigidness of teen prom queen and, with an ending that is more cheesy than a 12-pack of Wotsits to boot, this film is to be avoided at all costs. If you do have a couple of spare sheckles and you wish to invest in a classic movie you could do a lot worse than to seek out the original Highlander.

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