Highlander III: The Final Dimension
1994, PG-13, 99 min. Directed by Andy Morahan. Starring Christopher Lambert, Mario Van Peebles, Mako.
REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., Feb. 3, 1995
Lambert returns in this third and supposedly final installment in the Highlander trilogy. This time out, the Immortal Connor MacLeod (Lambert) runs afoul of the evil Kain (Van Peebles, and what the hell is he doing in this film anyway?), the next-to-last Immortal still clinging tenaciously to eternal life. Both Immortals want “the gift” (I don't know, either, but I think it's from F.A.O. Schwartz), and to obtain it, one must decapitate the other. As in Highlander I and II, brave Scot Connor falls in love and spends way too much time prancing about to poorly choreographed swordplay scenes. Highlander 3, however, has an edge over its prequels in that it's so shoddily directed that it's probably a great deal of fun to watch after a couple of six-packs. Actually, that's probably the only time it might be fun to watch, and I'm not going to be the guy to put that theory to the test for you. Call Joe Bob. Bathed in huge swaths of blue/red gels and with a heavy-metal soundtrack that only kicks in during the fight sequences, you quickly get the impression that someone on the set was up late, watching too many Dario Argento films. Van Peebles is downright silly as Kain, a Hun-esque, leather-clad cardboard cut-out of a bad guy, muttering tired one-liners in a guttural growl at every opportunity. Lambert is blandly appealing, as usual, and talented character actor Mako has his head severed from his torso in the film's first reel. Good for him. This is the end of the Highlander series, they say. Not an eon too soon.