Johnny English Strikes Again
|Johnny English Strikes Again|
International 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||$157.9 million|
Johnny English Strikes Again is a 2018 action comedy film directed by David Kerr; it is a sequel to the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn and the third instalment in the Johnny English series. It stars Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy, and Emma Thompson, and follows the titular secret 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 was released on 26 October 2018 in the United States, by Universal Pictures. The film, like its predecessors, received generally mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $157 million worldwide.
MI7 is the target of a massive cyber attack from an unknown entity which exposes 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. English insists on being given the services of his old sidekick, Bough, who is still a clerk in MI7.
English and Bough travel to the south of France to begin their investigation, where the cyber attack roughly originated from. They locate a yacht named Dot Calm in a marina nearby and try to board it during the night. There they are caught by an on board operative Ophelia, 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 give chase on the serpentine roads of South France, until they run out of petrol. Ophelia, well aware of their pursuit, comes back and she and English agree to a meeting. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 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 pill that causes him to become hyperactive.
Meanwhile, after further series of cyber attacks, the Prime Minister and Volta solidify an agreement to be revealed during the G12 meeting. 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 goes around London harming many civilians in the process.
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, 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 and fends off Ophelia's attempt to kill him. Fortunately, English climbs up the tower using a gadget suit 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 the warning about using a phone near the submarine.
His call inadvertently causes the submarine to launch a surface to air missile that homes in on English's beacon left on the Dot Calm, destroying the yacht as a result. English, Bough and Ophelia chase Volta, as he heads toward his chopper to escape. After Volta mocks English for not being able to catch him, English tosses a tablet at Volta's head to knock him out and smashes Volta's phone to stop the whole scheme. English returns to school, where he finds his students greeting him back as a hero.
- Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English, a geography teacher and retired MI7 agent who is reinstated for a mission.
- Olga Kurylenko as Ophelia, a Russian spy and Johnny's love interest.
- Ben Miller as Angus 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
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 August 3, 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 is set to be released digitally on January 8, 2019, and on DVD and Blu-Ray format on January 22. There will also be a three film boxset, containing the Johnny English trilogy.
Johnny English Strikes Again has grossed $4.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $153.6 (including $22.4 million in the United Kingdom), for a total worldwide gross of $157.9 million.
In the United States and Canada, Johnny English Strikes Again was released alongside Indivisible and Hunter Killer, 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 US audience, 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 34% based on 94 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. 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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