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Highlander: The Source
Highlander The Source
Actors: Adrian Paul, Thekla Reuten, Cristian Solimeno, Peter Wingfield, Jim Byrnes
Director: Brett Leonard
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2008     1hr 26min

No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure Rating: R Release Date: 26-FEB-2008 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Adrian Paul, Thekla Reuten, Cristian Solimeno, Peter Wingfield, Jim Byrnes
Director: Brett Leonard
Creators: Gregory Widen, Mark Bradley, Stephen Kelvin Watkins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Fantasy
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/26/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 1/3/2020...
Real good fighting scenes and plotline action but the cheesy crappy 80s/90s music brought the rating down a couple notches. A must for Highlander and Adrian Paul fans!
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mary L. (marymix) from NANTUCKET, MA
Reviewed on 11/24/2009...
It's finally over, this looks like the last Highlander story. Joe & Methos join Duncan in the final tale. While they made a hash of the movie, it does answer some old questions and tie up the storyline. Highlander fans will appreciate it for that if nothing else. Methos is probably the best played character in this one. Duncan, as always, is the center of the story but his character was not well developed this time.
Laura B. from LUBBOCK, TX
Reviewed on 5/22/2009...
An alright movie not great but for Highlander lovers who are going to see it no matter what it should be enjoyable. I could think of a few spots they could have made things better. (Traditional songs were ruined by modernizing them they should have stuck with the original Queen music)Flashbacks would of been good to.
Brian G. (DRMidnite) from MIDWAY, FL
Reviewed on 8/18/2008...
This movie is arguably the WORST installment of the Highlander franchise, next to Highlander 2: The Quickening, of course. Not only is the story laughable, the writing horrid and the effects unworthy of a first year film student, even Adrian Paul and Jim Byrnes can't save this beast. This is supposed to be the first in a new trilogy of films. For the franchise's sake, I sincerely hope not.

Movie Reviews

Beyond bad
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 01/19/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"If you thought the original cut of Highlander II was bad, just wait until you see Highlander: The Source, the fifth (and hopefully final) installment in the beloved series. The Source begins sometime in the distant future (*yawn*) as Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul), Methos (Peter Wingfield), Duncan's ex-wife Anna (Thekla Reuten), Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes), and a small band of immortals seek out "the source", which is said to be the origin place of the immortals. Standing in their way is the demonic Guardian (Cristian Solimeno), who is supposedly an all-powerful immortal that picks off our heroes one by one, leading to the inevitable showdown between him and Duncan. What ends up being the most infuriating about The Source for Highlander fans is how much the film ends up going against the mythology of the series, as well as Duncan and other character's motivations for seeking out "the source". The Jabba the Hutt lookalike in the film doesn't exactly help things out either, and the film as a whole is just one big jumbled mess, thanks to the lackluster, sloppily edited direction from Brett Leonard (Lawnmower Man, Man-Thing), and a cover-themed edition of the original Highlander soundtrack to boot (the version of "Who Wants to Live Forever?" is more annoying than anything else) just all amount to the worst sequel the series has ever seen. Adrian Paul seems to sleep through the film, and the ending is, well, see it for yourself if you're a Highlander fan, and decide which part of the film is the worst. All in all, Highlander: The Source is beyond bad, and no matter how much of a Highlander fan you may be, this should be avoided. If you are a fan though, you'll more than likely want to check this out anyway, but don't say I you hadn't been warned."
I wish I could give it no stars
Darren B. O'Connor | Norfolk, Virginia United States | 03/03/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"There have been two really great parts to the whole Highlander franchise: the original movie, and the TV series (especially from its second season on, when they introduced the concept of the Watcher organization, and wrote stories about a subgroup of Watcher who developed a religious fanatic-type fear and hatred of immortals, and started hunting them). Both these version of the Highlander franchise featured great characters, marvellous flashbacks, interesting villains, and dealt with both the positive and negative aspects of immortality, such as unending youth and strength, and the experience of being able to see whole different ages, such as most people can only dream about, balanced off against the loneliness of watching everyone around you age and die, with only a handful of people with whom you can form lasting bonds -- and many of them are out to take your head. It was thrilling stuff, and as the first movie and series proved, this concept was a rich source from which really great stories could be mined again and again.

How sad then that with the exception of that first film, the makers of Highlander movies have failed so dismally. This movie actually rivals "Highlander II: the Quickening" in sheer awfulness, and I hadn't believed that possible. I had a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I found that this movie was set in a near future where society had broken down into chaos and anarchy. Why on earth did the producers of this film choose to borrow an element from the worst movie in the entire franchise? The villain was so ridiculous he wasn't even remotely menacing or scary. What could EVER make anyone think a villain who yells "Helloo Joe!" as he sails through the air hit by a car (in a stupendously unrealistic stunt/special effect) would play well? This was just one moment among many involving the villain that elicits unintentional laughter. The guardian was so horrendously, cringe-inducingly bad that if the Kurgan were in this film he would have killed him for bringing villains into disrepute.

And of course, on top of a poor story, a laughable villain, and the complete absence of any of the elements that made either the first film or the series a success, this movie suffers from a fault common to all Highlander films but the first: lack of continuity. Why, if they are going to make these things, do they insist on disregarding everything that came before? This is really frustrating to those fans who have delved into the world of the Highlander franchise and would like it to make at least some sense, and have some internal consistency. It's hard to stay interesting in something when they keep changing the ground rules on you.

But the above listed flaws barely scratch the surface of what it wrong with this movie. I read that this was intended to be the first of a trilogy. All I can say to that is that I hope not. As much as I am irritated at the lack of consistency and continuity in the Highlander movies, if they're going to do any more, they need to retcon this abortion out of existence. Having inexplicably copied concepts from the single worse installment of the whole franchise, they should also copy the follow up taken to that movie by the producers of the next one and write a new story that ignores this steaming pile of dog excrement and starts with a blank slate."
Absolutely Horrible! Do not buy!
Wanderer | Who cares where I live? | 01/09/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"You will never see a worse movie, especially Highlander, than this steaming pile of fresh horse manure.

You are hearing this from someone who was an intense fan of the original movie, the television series, the third film and even gave Endgame (the fourth film) a chance. I hated that as well, but -NOTHING- and I mean NOTHING compares to how bad this is. This awful, wretched, steaming pile of waste makes even Endgame look like a viable film.

I cannot believe, for a second, that the actors agreed to this and let themselves be humiliated in this farce of a film. The director and producers should be strung up for this, if not worse. I cannot believe they are thinking of doing this as a trilogy and I hope, sincerely hope, that it doesn't ever go further. Highlander needs to be allowed to die off, because it seems the movies are getting worse and worse.

Please, please please do not buy this. Do not encourage them to produce more of this garbage and destroy the Highlander mythology and characters even further. What else can I say? If you like Highlander, do NOT buy this movie, because it will ruin it for you. It is beyond bad, it is beyond awful, it is something altogether wretched and vile. You will cry at how bad this movie is, so spare yourself the misery.

Shame on you Adrian Paul and everyone else involved, especially the producers, for making this awful, awful movie."