I have a strange history with this film. I first saw HIGHLANDER (1986) back in 1986 in the theater on the campus of the
University of Alabama
I was stunned that my student ID was all that was needed to go inside and see
this and any other movie the school decided to show. (Yes, there is a story
about what I was doing enrolled at UAB but this isn't about that. Stay focused
people!) I was excited to see this new science fiction/fantasy film starring
the great Sean Connery and the prospect of sword wielding and decapitations
made me vibrate with energy. After the film was over I quietly exited the
theater, drove home and spent the next day or so trying to decide what I
thought. And 30 years later I guess I am still doing that.
But - and this is the central problem at the heart of the film - The natural question of WHY is never addressed in the movie! Why must they fight? Why only removal of the head? What is this famed 'Prize' that they are battling to obtain? And why would they want it? In other words -What the hell is driving these immortals to act the way they act? Add to this the obvious question of how in the hell Connery's ancient Egyptian-by-way-of-Spain character knows this information. Or why, if he is fated to battle these other immortals he would go out of his way to inform, train and become a father figure to Christopher Lambert's character at all. (Or why an Egyptian sounds so damned Scottish in the first place - but let's not get sidetracked by the film's bizarre casting or we'll be here all night.) The film doesn't give us any answers and, indeed, seems completely unaware that anyone would ask the questions in the first place.
One day I need to write about mad sequel. Whowsa!