“From the dawn of time we came; moving silently down through the centuries, living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the Gathering; when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you… until now.”
Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) of the Clan MacLeod born in 1518 in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel is mortally wounded in battle by an almighty dark and murderously brutal barbarian swordsman called The Kurgan (Clancy Brown) but awakens the next day completely free of injury. His clansmen convinced he is processed by the devil try to burn him at the steak but he is saved by his chieftain Angus MacLeod (James Cosmo) who banishes him to the Highlands. Five years later, Macleod is met by Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery), an immortal Egyptian swordsman who teaches Macleod the truth, that like himself he is an immortal born of a race who can only die when the head is cut from the body. This mysterious race of immortals will battle each other throughout the centuries until they will feel a strange pull to a distant land when the few who remain will battle to the last and receive the “prize” for there can be only one.
The movie takes us back and forth throughout the 500 years of Connors life from his birth as an immortal being in Scotland 1536 to the present day gathering in New York 1985 where he goes by the name Russell Nash. After a slew of beheddings in the city Connor finds himself the main suspect and not only has to fight off other immortals but balance his affections for NYPD forensics expert Brenda Wyatt (Roxanne Hart) who he finds he is falling for. The movies editing between the timelines is in my opinion very cleverly done. It does not give much detail other than his training by Ramirez which in itself leaves some to the imagination quoting phrases like “The Quickening” with vague details of what that is. This is another cleaver twist as by not firmly stating all the rules it does not get too bogged down and keeps it somewhat supernatural. It has so many great lines from so many great characters, the entire movie is so immensely quotable. Conner’s sarcastic tone with the police drives humour into the story and creates layers of this character that subtly show how old he is. Soundtrack by Queen is nothing short of epic it fits the movie perfectly and has so many amazing tunes! Filmed on location in Scotland, England and New York City it brings in the majesty of all three locations, in many ways Scotland is a character of its own in this movie!
Why did I choose this movie? Highlander is one of those movies that has always been around for me. My first owned copy if this movie was on VHS, my mum bought me it while I was home sick with scarlet fever and was pretty much bed ridden for two weeks. I have always enjoyed movies about immortals, the vast expanse of time they must endure, how someone who is five hundred years old must look on the world and there are characters in this movie who push 2500 years old. I do like the casting but I do find it funny that Sean Connery a Scotsman plays an Egyptian in this movie but still keeps that Scottish accent, if anyone should have been playing the highlander it should have been him. Clancy Brown is perfect as the Kurgan and does not give a signal fuck about the normal humans and cares only for the Prize. Roxanne Hart pulls in the whole 80s feel for me, she just has that feeling of the 80s 30 something girl of New York City. I love this movie, if you have not watched this then climb out from under that rock you have been living under and watch it. There are rumours of a remake which is in no doubt an attempt to fix the inconsistency’s that the later sequels and TV show made. No matter what happens this movie will always hold a high place for me. There is loads to enjoy, impressive action sequences, intriguing storyline and kick ass soundtrack.
My Rating: A
I Own This Movie