Highlander II: The Quickening
- 1 hr 31 min
Highlander II: The Quickening is a 1991 Sci-fi thriller directed by Russell Mulcahy, staring Sean Connery, Virgina Madsen, and Christopher Lambert. The ozone layer is rapidly thinning and scientists predict it will be gone within months. Connor MacLeod (Lambert), an alien from a distant planet masquerading as human, is charged with putting together a scientific team to develop swiftly develop a lasting resolution. They devise and employ a shield that blocks the harmful sun's rays, but casts the planet in eternal night, and a state of heat and high humidity. By 2024, humanity is in despair, yearning for sunlight absent for some thirty years. The CEO of the Shield Corporation is a profit hungry businessman, imposing exorbitant fees upon all whom require the shield's protection. Attempting to sabotage the shield are several terrorist groups, one of which is led by Louise Marcus (Madsen), a previous Shield Corporation employee. Marcus discovers the earth's ozone has replenished itself, rendering the shield worthless. Meanwhile, a military leader on MacLeod's home planet, Zeist, dispatches assassins to murder MacLeod. Marcus catches up to MacLeod before the Zeist assassins, and tries to enlist him in helping her dismantle the shield. Macleod is dying, he explains, and denounces her terrorist activity. The Zeist assassins attack and MacLeod cuts them down, absorbing their life forces. His youth is restored. He then resurrects his old general and friend, Ramirez (Connery), who promptly materializes on a stage during a theatrical performance in Scotland. Marcus and MacLeod fast become lovers and allies. General Katana (Michael Ironside) arrives in New York City from Zeist, prepared to launch a complete takeover in his determination to kill MacLeod. Ramirez pawns an earring and purchases new clothing, and a trip to New York City. A series of battles ensues, replete with supernatural sword fights and both Katana and Macleod taking the upper hand at different times. Combining fantasy and Scottish clan elements, Highlander II is classic good vs. evil.