Re-edited by director Russell Mulcahy, this sequel to the cult sci-fi action film largely discards the original’s premise of mysterious immortal swordsmen, revealing Connor MacLeod and Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobo Ramirez to be long-lived aliens.
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If you thought a movie couldn't jump the shark for 108 minutes straight, then spend some time with "Highlander II." Supposedly, financial issues for the production company and economic woes in Argentina caused the producers to turn the screenplay into a Frankenstein's monster. It's a shame that a film with such energetic camera work and atmospheric production design is weighed down by a franchise-derailing script.
This is a failure as a film, having seen the original 'Immortals as Aliens' cut, but continuing my growing love for these disastrous genre films from the 90s, this was great in the combination of environment issues, sci-fi/neon coloured set designs and squashing together of any pop cultural objects at hand, hoverboards and all. The result is awful for anyone else, a candy treat for my perverse sense of entertainment.
Writer to Studio Exec: "OK, so the Immortals are actually Aliens." Exec: "What about the first movie?" W: "What first movie? Anyway, it's the future, and McLeod is old, but he fights an evil corporation from hiding the ozone layer from them." Exec: "He's old? Isn't he immortal?" W: "He is immortal!" Exec: "OK, I'll give you $35 million. Just steal more ideas from Blade Runner and Logan's Run if you need anything"