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REVIEW: Highlander III: The Final Dimension (1994)

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‘400 years is a long time to hate’

*Spoilers Below*

Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is the highlander, an immortal being and master swordsman from 16th century Scotland.  After the death of his beloved wife, Heather, he wanders the world in search of answers.  He goes to Japan, to the ice capped mountains of Niri and meets the old sorcerer, Nakano (Mako) in his cave.

The sorcerer teaches Connor Japanese sword fighting techniques as well as tricks of illusion.  He also warns the highlander of the fearsome and evil immortal, Kane (Mario Van Peeples) who is on a merciless path of destruction.  Attired like a Mongol warlord, Kane burns Japanese villages and vindictively murders peasants.

Kane manages to find the location of Nakano’s cave and confronts the immortal sorcerer.  Nakano’s final act before being beheaded is using his remaining magic to cause a cave-in, entombing Kane in the rubble.

400 years later in 1994, a team of archaeologists are excavating artifacts near the mountains of Niri.  Their excavation creates enough commotion to free Kane from his slumber.  Kane seeks revenge on Connor MacLeod, now living peaceably in the Middle East with an adopted son.

Highlander III: The Final Dimension is a rather pedestrian outing for Christopher Lambert.  Nonetheless, its light years ahead of the truly wretched, Highlander: End Game and Highlander: The Quickening.

Mario Van Peeples’ Kane is more comical than threatening, especially when sporting his biker/punk rock look complete with pierced nipples.  His character is a rehash of the Kurgan.  Also disappointing are the generic sword fighting scenes, which are dimly lit and unimaginatively choreographed.

Despite its mediocrity, Highlander III: The Final Dimension is likely the second best film in the Highlander franchise.

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    Andymovieman

    October 31, 2016 at 12:49 am

    One of the best highlander movies I’ve seen par to the original and highlander endgame. Highlander 2 had a good cast but a shitty script and futuristic setting which had nothing to do with the original. If russell mulcahy did the second as good as the first like jim Cameron did with terminator 1 and 2, then he’d have had a great career.

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      Just Some Polack

      October 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      From what I remember it was the studio that fucked up the movie (with Zeist shit and so on). Russell was supposedly so pissed off he walked out of theatre. It’s been said there are 3 cuts of Highlander 2 existing.

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    Mucho Macho

    October 31, 2016 at 6:21 am

    I always enjoyed this entry in the series, I think it’s entertaining. Mario Van Peebles ( also his co-star in “Gunmen”) was good as the bad guy here.

    For those of you that may not know there’s actually a DVD out of a director’s cut. Here’s a site that explains the difference between the director’s cut and the theatrical version.
    http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1298

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    Mucho Macho

    October 31, 2016 at 6:22 am

    I’m starting to think John Matrix & I have a lot of the same DVDs 😀📀