Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991) Movie Review

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Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)

1991 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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Highlander 2: The Quickening Plot Synopsis:

The second "Highlander" movie, again with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. It's the year 2024 and all the ozone above Earth has gone. To protect people from dying, MacLeod helped in the construction of a giant "shield", several years ago. But, since there isn't left anyone Immortal after MacLeod's victory in the previous film, he has stopped being an Immortal himself. Now he is just an old man, until one day some other Immortals arrive on our planet. You see, the Immortals come from another planet...

Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991) Review

Russell Mulcahy directed Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) had an estimated $30 million movie budget. However, it grossed $15.5 million at the US box office. Christopher Lambert as Highlander Connor MacLeod returned for the sequel along with Sean Connery another Highlander named Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez.

Highlander II: The Quickening focuses once again on Connor MacLeod, but this sequel fast forwards us into the future in the year of 2024. In this future, the ozone layer around the Earth has deteriorated, and MacLeod helped in the construction of a giant "shield" to protect people from dying. MacLeod lost his immortality after defeating the last Highlander in Highlander (1986). He is now an old man until new Immortals come to Earth, MacLeod is again rejuvenated to do battle.

Highlander II: The Quickening is a bit cheesy, and the acting could have been better. The style is there, but the film lacked the finesse and polish it deserved. This Highlander movie is the start of a terrible spiral as the Highlander franchise never picks up or improves on the first film.

Shame, I am hoping for some Highlander reboot in the future.


  • Highlander 2: The Quickening Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 3.74
  • IMDB: 4.1
  • MetaCritic: 3.1

About Highlander 2: The Quickening 1991

Title: Highlander 2: The Quickening
AKA: Highlander II: The Quickening
Year: 1991
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.87/5 stars from 40,279 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 40,279
MPAA Rating: R
Highlander 2: The Quickening Cast Starring: Michael Ironside, Virginia Madsen, Rusty Schwimmer, Matt Johnson, Sean Connery, John C. McGinley, Randall Newsome, Christopher Lambert, Steven Grives, Allan Rich, Pete Antico, Peter Bromilow, Paul Bucossi, Diana Rossi, Jorge Varas, Harry K. Garvin, Alan McCormick, Mausi Martínez, Karin Drexler, Miguel Fernández Alonso, Russell Mulcahy, Max Berliner, Roderick Cameron, Nora Zinski, Eduardo Sapac, Ezequiel Eskenazi Storey, Tommy Tejeda, Michel Peyronel, Jacques Arndt, AndrĂ© Gere
Highlander 2: The Quickening Writers: Gregory Widen, Brian Clemens, William N. Panzer
Highlander 2: The Quickening Director: Russell Mulcahy
Production: Davis Panzer
Language: English
Country: UK, France