The Avengers (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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Two British Agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.

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4 February 2000 | Xophianic
4
| Ugh...
I wasn't all that interested in watching this movie, but I decided to anyway since it was one of the only ones that week there that I hadn't seen yet. I should've saw one of the others. I don't even remember what they are now, but it doesn't matter. I am pretty sure that THE AVENGERS is the worst movie of the decade and one of my least favorite movies of all time.

John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) team up to stop Sir August de Wynter (Sean Connery) from destroying the planet with a weather-changing machine. I won't go into the plot too deeply, because it's just plain stupid.

The acting in this movie was not very good. Ralph Fiennes and Fiona Shaw (Father) play two of the most annoying characters in any movies that I have ever seen. The constant unwitty one-liners between Fiennes and Thurman is very annoying. Sean Connery is at his worst here. I was disappointed in him, because he is a great actor who doesn't belong in this movie. Sir August de Wynter? Just the name of the character alone should tell you much.

There was, however, one thing that was good about this movie. That would be Uma Thurman in her tight leather. I am absolutely in love with Uma Thurman, and I don't think she belonged in this film, but I am pretty sure seeing her wearing those catsuits were the only thing that kept me from having to eat my own legs and drink my own urine to survive this movie.

Maybe you'll think I'm exaggerating a bit, but I found this movie to be boring and annoying. I recommend that it be avoided at all costs.

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Trivia

The moves in the chess match between Emma Peel and John Steed are the same as in the match between Roy Batty and Tyrell in Blade Runner (1982). Another reference to that movie is during the fight between Sir August De Wynter and John Steed, when Sir August says "Time to die". The same line Roy Batty says to Rick Deckard during their fight in Blade Runner (1982).


Quotes

Sir August de Winter: You will buy your weather from me! And by God you'll pay for it.


Goofs

Snowflakes on hands and face should melt.


Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film ran around 115m., according to advance reviews. Many of the scenes cut include:

  • The original opening sequence featured the "Evil Emma" infiltrating a secret base, the Prospero Project. She drives up to the base in a blue Jaguar on a secluded London highway, and enters through a red phone booth by uttering the words "how now brown cow? After gaining access to the base, she proceeds to kill several of the scientists and security personnel, and destroys the base by blowing it up.
  • The scene of Sir August De Wynter playing organ was originally shown after the opening. As the base blows up, he exclaims "let our revels begin!"
  • When Emma Peel enters the Gentlemen's club, the attendant who insists that she not enter because she is a woman continues to prevent her from entering, and which point she Karate chops him, which sends him flying down a flight of stairs.
  • A scene of Sir August De Wynter, dressed in the teddy-bear suit, rhythmically slicing the face of a scientist to classical music while trying to figure out the clues to the Prospero Project.
  • The first meeting between Emma Peel and John Steed was originally longer. You can see her walking through the corridors before she finally makes her way into the sauna. The dialogue is longer, more frank, and it isn't dubbed, as it is in the theatrical release.
  • A more coherent explanation of why Emma's Jag exploded after the mechanical bee attack.
  • Emma Peel drops from De Wynter's arms as she is escorted to his room. He doesn't let go of her, and brings her back up swiftly.
  • When Sir August De Wynter has Emma Peel in his bed, he lowers the zipper on her shirt just a little more.
  • More scenes of Peel and Steed walking through the corridors of Wonderland Weather.
  • Emma Peel bounces back and forth between the walls of her padded cell.
  • Sir August De Wynter drives to the World Council meeting in a Rolls Royce snowplow after it begins snowing heavily as a result of his weather machine.
  • More shots of Mother witnessing the worldwide destruction that the weather machine is causing.
  • More scenes of Peel and Steed walking through De Wynter's headquarters after they lower in through the telephone booth.
  • An extra shot of Big Ben exploding, shown from slightly farther away.
  • During the climactic battle between John Steed and Sir August De Wynter, De Wynter slices Steed with his sword several times. De Wynter raises his arms as the battle nears it's end. Steed becomes enraged toward the end of the battle. Note how Steed's shirt is inexplicably cut and bloodied after the fight begins.
  • After the Prospero Project self-detonates, a countdown clock begins to tick, nearing toward the explosion. When the explosions begins, the silver dome in the headquarters ( the one Steed and Peel pass when they enter) is shown exploding.


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STORM
Written by
Bruce Woolley, Chris Elliott, Marius De Vries, Betsy Cook,
Andy Caine
Produced by Marius De Vries, Bruce Woolley, Chris Elliott
Performed by Grace Jones with The Radio Science Orchestra

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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