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2010 - 2015, Comedy - Family

Johnny English (2) Reborn (2011)

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After a disasterous event in Mosambique Johnny English retires to Tibet (or somewhere) to meditate and become personally stronger, but when the Chinese premier is threatened by a secret organisation he is recalled by the new boss of MI7 to track down the villains. He is pursued in turn by a female assassin and as he and his assistant being to uncover the truth he is lead, unbelievably, closer to home.

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Really the plot is a bit irrelevant as our hero ignores obvious clues, even when pointed out by his competent assistant, and makes all sorts of errors as he pursues he villains, at times attacking MI7’s boss’s mother by mistake. There are high level meetings at which he does strange things and action sequences where he more or less accidentally survives, often due to his assistant’s abilities. There is a love interest but no nudity or sex. There are drugs but not used for recreational purposes; there is drinking but there are no effects.

A View The critics did not like this much but was said to be an improvement on the first outing, which in my view it was. I laughed quite a bit particularly at some old but well performed jokes. Since James Bond is already a spoof it has been difficult, in my view, for film makers to pull off this type of comedy, but they have succeeded here, so probably a watch for nothing, if you like this sort of thing.
Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story A sort of continuation from the first film.
Director Oliver Parker
Writers/Script Hamish McColl (story William Davies) (characters Neil Purvis, Robert Wade)
Starring Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Tim McInnerny, Mariella Frostrup, Daniel Kaluuya, Miles Jupp, Pik Sen Lim, Burn Gorman
Additional Info The car – a Rolls Royce Phantom coupe was fitted with a 9 litre V16 engine (one of a few experimental units) at the request of Rowan Atkinson.

 

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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