HIGHLANDER III: THE SORCERER
HIGHLANDER III: THE FINAL DIMENSION; HIGHLANDER III: THE MAGICIAN
The plot, at times, is just silly. Christopher Lambert is committed to the psychiatric wing of a hospital in about two seconds flat solely because a doctor can find no evident bullet wounds on his bloody chest. The trail of clues that Deborah Unger follows is incredibly specious an obscure piece of tartan that a dead samurai is wearing leads to the McLeod clan which leads to the name Conner which leads her to New York to try and find Russell Nash what her curiosity is that it leads her on such a crooked trail is never specified. Her character seems to be written as a piece of cheesecake who has no purpose in the film other than to follow Christopher Lambert about at another point, she suddenly turns up on a hillside in the Scottish highlands without any clue as to how she managed to follow him there from New York.
Director Andy Morahan has a visual slickness that helps breeze over many of the films other inadequacies Highlander III is a beautifully photographed film if nothing else. However, Morahan is doing no more than papering over a slim and absurdly contrived plot. There are times when the silliness gets the better of him like a supremely daft sequence with characters crossing swords while swinging on trapezes. The score often verges on the laughable Gaelic ballads sit alongside rap, while the orchestral score valiantly tries to combine Japanese woodwind instruments and bagpipes at the same time.
Mario Van Peebles gives a performance that stinks to high heaven. It seems to be requisite that the villains in the Highlander films have punk hairstyles and are played completely OTT even so, Van Peebles performance is incredibly bad. The character is shamelessly copied from Clancy Browns Kurgan in the first Highlander he even gets his own scene driving towards other vehicles in a car without any hands and a terrified passenger.
The subsequent entries in the Highlander franchise were Highlander: Endgame (2000), which unites the film and the first tv series; Highlander: The Source (2007) featuring Adrian Paul; and the anime film Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007). The tv series were Highlander (1992-97), which featured Adrian Paul as Lamberts descendant; Highlander: The Animated Series (1994-5), a near-incoherent cartoon version set in a post-holocaust world; and Highlander: The Raven (1998-9), which featured Elizabeth Gracen as an Immortal thief. A remake of the original has been announced throughout the 00s.