Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Sunday movie: Johnny English Strikes Again – what you need to know

Johnny English Strikes againM-Net brings us laughs galore in the Sunday movie slot this week – the action comedy film ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ starring Rowan Atkinson and Olga Kurylenko.

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It’s been another exhausting week; President Ramaphosa announced the new cabinet. What better way to unwind than with the Sunday movie – Rowan Atkinson’s comedy Johnny English Strikes Again on M-Net at 20:05.

The 2018 action comedy is directed by David Kerr and produced by Chris Clark and Rowan Atkinson. It follows MI7 agent, Johnny English, who gets called into action when undercover operatives are exposed to a cyber attack.

Best quote

Bough: Sir! So wonderful to see you!
Johnny English: Yes, alright Bough, we’re going on a mission, not a honeymoon.

Johnny English Strikes Again Plot

The third instalment in the Johnny English franchise begins when a cyber attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the Secret Service’s last hope.

English, after being called back from retirement, dives headfirst into action to find the mastermind hacker. Johnny English must also overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.

Watch: Johnny English Strikes Again trailer

Critics’ reviews

Ronak Kotecha from Times of India liked it, sort of. He describes it as a “predictable but fun spoof of a spy film. Furthermore, Sandy Schaefer from Screen Rant wasn’t overly impressed:

It is harmlessly silly on the whole, but may even leave fans of the previous Johnny English movies feeling underwhelmed. 

In addition, Tara McNamara from Common Sense Media said: “Atkinson’s rubber face and slapstick comedy usually hit young audiences squarely in the funny bone, but this spy spoof is more like a kick to the shin.”

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Promotional film material

The main cast and characters

  • Rowan Atkinson as the retired MI7 agent
  • Olga Kurylenko as Ophelia Bhuletova, a Russian spy; Johnny’s love interest
  • Ben Miller as Bough, Johnny’s assistant
  • Adam James as Pegasus, head of MI7
  • Emma Thompson as the British Prime Minister
  • Jake Lacy as Jason Volta, a Silicone Valley tech billionaire
  • 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
  • Samantha Russell as the Prime Minister of Sweden
  • Pauline McLynn as Mrs Trattner

Sunday Movie: Stats

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Runtime: 1 h 29 min
  • Age Restriction: PG
  • IMDB: 6.2
  • On air: Sunday, 2 June, 20:05 on M-Net, Channel 101.

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