Johnny English Strikes Again
|Johnny English Strikes Again|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Kerr|
|Screenplay by||William Davies|
by Neal Purvis
|Music by||Howard Goodall|
|Edited by||Tony Cranstoun|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$159 million|
Johnny English Strikes Again is a 2018 action comedy film directed by David Kerr. A sequel to Johnny English Reborn (2011), it is the third instalment of the Johnny English series. The film stars Rowan Atkinson in the title role, alongside Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy and Emma Thompson. The film follows the titular MI7 agent who is called into action when all undercover operatives are exposed in a cyber attack.
The film was released in cinemas in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2018 and in the United States on 26 October 2018, by Universal Pictures. The film received poor reviews from critics but was a box office success, grossing $159 million worldwide.
MI7 is being targeted by a massive cyber attack from South of France, exposing the identities of all its current field agents. As a result, MI7 is forced to reinstate older inactive agents in order to track down the culprits behind the attack. Among the reinstated agents is Johnny English, who officially works as a geography teacher while secretly training his young students in espionage. After accidentally incapacitating the other agents, English insists on being given the services of his old sidekick, Bough, who is still a clerk in MI7.
English and Bough are given their requested equipment and, to remain invisible to the culprits, abandon their cell phones and use an old Aston Martin (23 years older than the one which they drove in the first film) to travel to the south of France. There, they investigate the Hotel Magnifique in Antibes, the place where the cyber attack roughly originated from. They locate an elaborate yacht named the Dot Calm in a nearby marina and try to board it during the night. There, they are caught by a Russian on-board operative named Ophelia Bhuletova, but manage to escape their cell, find an array of servers and leave the yacht.
The next day, they decide to stalk Ophelia. When they eventually spot her leaving the yacht, they follow her car on the serpentine roads of South France, until they run out of fuel. Ophelia, well aware of their pursuit, comes back and she and English agree to a meeting at the Hotel de Paris in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is considering a meeting with a Silicon Valley billionaire, Jason Volta, to form an agreement.
While English is meeting with Ophelia at a bar, Bough discovers evidence that suggests she could be a spy. English, now infatuated with Ophelia, however refuses to consider Bough's premise. Ophelia is shown to be in fact a Russian spy and receiving orders from her superiors to eliminate English. Fortunately, she fails to execute English, who manages to evade her attempts after accidentally consuming a vial of pills that turn him hyperactive.
Meanwhile, after a further series of cyber attacks, the Prime Minister and Volta solidify an agreement to be revealed during the G12 meeting. English and Bough officially confirm that Volta is the man behind the cyber attacks after learning that he is the owner of the Dot Calm, and in preparation for the infiltration, English is tasked to complete a virtual reality simulation in which he explores the billionaire's mansion. However, he fails to unlock the pad to keep himself in the room and unknowingly harms the civilians around the town in the process (attacking customers of a local bookstore, assaulting an elderly wheelchair-bound lady in a sandwich shop, belting the manager of said sandwich shop with two organic sourdough baguettes, commandeering an open top bus and throwing said open top bus's tour guide over the top deck.)
After infiltrating the real mansion and recording evidence about Volta's plan with a phone, English is captured, but manages to escape and hijacks a driving school car. He fends off a chase by Volta to arrive safely back at MI7. However, he accidentally takes the wrong phone while exiting the car and fails to convince Pegasus and the Prime Minister about Volta's schemes.
The Prime Minister has had enough of English's antics. She fires him and decides to proceed with the G12 meeting in Scotland. Bough convinces English to continue and stop Volta without MI7 support. They enlist the assistance of Bough's wife, Lydia, the captain of a Navy submarine and arrive at the meeting location.
Up in the castle's tower, Volta reveals to Ophelia that he has known her true identity as a spy since the very beginning, which is why he has taken every necessary precaution of her attempts to kill him by immunizing himself to the poison she keeps in her ring and has attempted to use on him, and removing the firing pin from her service handgun so that she can no longer fire it. Fortunately, English climbs up the tower using an exosuit and manages to intervene before Volta is able to kill Ophelia, but is ejected out due to a strap caught on a window and thus fails to capture Volta as Ophelia escapes.
Volta now joins the Prime Minister and the other G12 nations' leaders for the meeting. English tries to stop Volta unsuccessfully once again. Volta then reveals his true plan of extorting the G12 nations' leaders for control over their countries' data. English decides to call Pegasus for help, but forgets about a warning given by Lydia about using a phone near the submarine.
His call inadvertently causes the submarine to launch a ballistic missile that homes in on English's Sherbet Fountain-disguised beacon left on the Dot Calm, destroying the yacht as a result. English – who is wearing a creaky suit of knight’s armour, Bough and Ophelia chase Volta, as he heads toward his helicopter to escape. After Volta mocks English for not being able to catch him, English throws a tablet at Volta's head, knocking him out and smashes Volta's phone to stop the whole scheme. The Prime Minister praises English for his bravery, and he returns to school, where he finds his students greeting him back as a hero.
The film ends as we see the headmaster about to eat one of English's explosive jelly babies, much to English's horror.
- Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English, a geography teacher and retired MI7 agent who is reinstated for a mission.
- Olga Kurylenko as Ophelia Bhuletova, a Russian spy and Johnny's love interest.
- Ben Miller Angus/Jeremy Bough, an MI7 agent who was an old assistant to English.
- Adam James as Pegasus, the head of MI7.
- Emma Thompson as the British Prime Minister
- Jake Lacy as Jason Volta, a Silicon Valley tech billionaire who is promoting a system that could improve data management.
- Vicki Pepperdine as Lydia, Bough's wife
- Pippa Bennett-Warner as Lesley
- Miranda Hennessy as Tara
- Irena Tyshyna as Viola Lynch
- David Mumeni as Fabian
- Tuncay Gunes as Ted Guest
- Samantha Russell as the Prime Minister of Sweden
- Nick Owenford as an Australian aide
- Junichi Kajioka as a Japanese diplomat
- Matthew Beard as P
- Pauline McLynn as Mrs Trattner
- Michael Gambon as Agent Five
- Charles Dance as Agent Seven
- Edward Fox as Agent Nine
In May 2017, it was announced that Rowan Atkinson would be returning to take the role of Johnny English in the sequel to the film Johnny English Reborn (2011). On 3 August 2017, Working Title Films announced that they had begun production and filming with the director David Kerr. The cinematographer is Florian Hoffmeister, and the production designer is Simon Bowles.
Parts were also filmed in Welham Green, Hertfordshire; and in Gloucestershire. Filming continued in France from 26 September, at the Saint Aygulf beach in Var. On 4 April 2018, the title was revealed to be Johnny English Strikes Again, with a teaser trailer released the day after.
Johnny English Strikes Again was scheduled to be released in both the United Kingdom and United States on 12 October 2018 by Universal Pictures; the date for the United States was later moved up to 20 September 2018, before being pushed back to 26 October 2018. It was released on 5 October 2018 by Cinemax Angola.
The film was set to be released digitally on 4 February 2019, and on DVD and Blu-Ray format on February 18, but in Australia, it was released on 19 December 2018. The Blu-Ray and DVD release in the United States and Canada was January 22, 2019.
Johnny English Strikes Again has grossed $4.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $154.5 million elsewhere (including $23.2 million in the United Kingdom), for a total worldwide gross of $159 million.
In the United States and Canada, Johnny English Strikes Again was released alongside Hunter Killer and Indivisible as well as the wide expansion of Mid90s, and was projected to gross around $2 million from 544 theaters in its opening weekend. It ended up debuting to $1.6 million, finishing 12th at the box office. Deadline Hollywood noted the film's American release was essentially a formality, as it was not built for the audience in the United States, and thus the low opening wasn't seen as a disappointment to the studio.
Outside North America, the film debuted to $5.5 million in the United Kingdom and grossed $14.1 million overall in its second week for a to date total gross of $66.5 million. In its third weekend of international release the film added another $9.8 million from 57 countries, including a $2.4 million opening in Germany, and a running cume of $96 million.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 36% based on 101 reviews, with an average rating of 4.73/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Johnny English Strikes Again might get a few giggles out of viewers pining for buffoonish pratfalls, but for the most part, this sequel simply strikes out." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
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