Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ani-Monday on July 30

Last night's Ani-Monday was a movie, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance. I had vague hopes for a decent Highlander movie here, unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed.

The storyline was a mish-mash of the movie and the television storylines sprinkled liberally with a Japanese tilt. There was nothing new, and in fact it kind of bored me by the time the hallway point rolled around.

I'm fairly certain I missed the climax when someone IM'd me, and because it was a more interesting conversation than the movie was interesting, well, I paid more attention to the conversation than the movie.

Anyways, the story revolved around one Colin McCloud (one wonders just how many Immortals the McClouds can produce), and surprise, his search for vengeance because a Roman general (another Immortal) murdered his wife.

And if that sounds familiar, it's because it was a very similar plot to the one which was featured in the original Highlander movie.

Then there were odd, supernatural elements, which quite frankly don't have a place in the movie. Horned creatures and demons, and of course the ghost of a dead druid priest. Brilliant additions to the mythos.

Another problem was the setting. It was set in the future, but as the movies have already shown, there has been multiple end games by this point. Why on earth are there still Immortals running around? Especially, the four which were featured in this film.

Graphics were all right. Not the best that I've ever seen, but they weren't horrid either.

Music, was disappointing, as I don't remember hearing Queen at all.

Voice acting was typical, English voice acting - which means it's just a few shades better than fingernails on a chalkboard.

Over all, I'm disappointed in this. I wanted a good Highlander story, but this wasn't it. It was, as I mentioned above, a rehash of plot points from the various existing media featuring the McClouds. Additionally, with the number of McCloud Immortals, you would think at least one of them would be a villain, now THAT would have been a plot point that would have interested me.

By this point, I wish they had kept to running episodes of Noein and Tokko. Thankfully, they'll be back next week.

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