Sunday, January 10, 2016

Highlander (1986)

The concept of the immortals in the movie Highlander is a unique one. The ideas of The Gathering, that there can be only one and the Prize are pretty cool. Having an immortal subculture mysteriously among us for hundreds, if not thousands, of years is a cool fantasy as well. Of course, the swordsmanship and the flashbacks to medieval Scotland add to the romance and mystical fantasy that sets a tone of wonder accompanying the competitive male physical power and fearlessness that inevitably leads to the grand finale when there truly remains only one. 

In addition to being a great swordsman and an honest and moral man, Connor Macleod (Christoper Lambert) suffers inwardly as he sacrifices his desire for love, family and companionship while he keeps his secret of being immortal and patiently waits for The Gathering where he'll be forced to fight the other immortals. 

There's some pretty cool animation, not to mention costumes, during the fight scene between Connor's 2,000 year old mentor, Ramirez (Sean Connery) and his arch enemy The Kurgan (Clancy Brown) . Sections of rock wall fall away with blows from Kurgan's sword until the two are left atop a high steep stairway of stone. There are also some drawn graphic images flashing in succession as Connor endures The Quickening and all ancient knowledge of mankind is funneled into his head. 

Apparently, wisdom, love, honor and being able to die a natural death surrounded by family is the ultimate prize. My question is whether the remake is ever going to be made?

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