Johnny English Reborn
Johnny English Reborn is a 2011 British spy comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre and film franchise reboots. The film is the sequel to Johnny English (2003), and stars Rowan Atkinson reprising his role as the title character and directed by Oliver Parker. The film is has a slightly darker tone than the previous film but retains Atkinson's signature humor.
Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is learning martial arts in Tibet as penance for an earlier disastrous mission. MI7 (codenamed Toshiba British Intelligence) identifies him as the best agent for a new mission: stopping a group of international assassins before they kill the Chinese premier and cause global chaos. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English returns to his role with confidence. In Macau, his Chinese contact is murdered in a casino, but in Hong Kong he confronts Fisher (Richard Schiff), an ex-CIA agent who ultimately reveals that he is a member of 'Vortex', a secret cabal of assassins-for-hire. Fisher is killed by an assassin (Pik-Sen Lim) dressed as a cleaner who then manages to escape, but English manages to track down and incapacitate the killer cleaner's accomplice in a fight at the pier.
English manages to obtain one of three metal "keys" that, when combined, can be used to unlock an assassination weapon. While bragging to his sidekick (Daniel Kaluuya) about the success of his mission on a flight back to the United Kingdom, the key is stolen from its case. He arrives at headquarters and opens the case with a flourish in front of many dignified guests, only to show an empty interior. English then believes he has seen the Chinese assassin involved in a murder in Hong Kong. He attacks her twice, but both times the victim turns out to be his boss's mother.
Kate Summers (Rosamund Pike), MI7's behavioural psychologist engages in an "off-hours" session with English, prompting him to recall the previous events of his failed mission in Mozambique (discovered to have been sabotaged by Vortex). He unearths the identity of the second member of Vortex as a result.
English sets out again, this time meeting with Karlenko (Mark Ivanir), a Russian agent who is critically wounded by an assassin in front of him on a golf course. English obtains the second key from the Russian and attempts to fly him to hospital in a helicopter, surviving various attacks by the assassins. He confides in a trusted colleague (Dominic West) that the Russian told him about a conspiracy in which Vortex's members are discovered to be members of the KGB, CIA and even his beloved MI7.
Ambrose and English dine together, as the latter confides in his friend and colleague, informing him that he knows a mole is present in MI7. Slater gets ready to kill English, until it is discovered that English is unaware of the mole's identity. Tucker confronts Ambrose in the bathroom stalls at gunpoint, until English orders him to leave. English and Ambrose converse outside the restaurant, as Ambrose tricks English into believing that MI7 inventor Patch Quartermain is the traitor and that Patch always despised English.
Unfortunately for English, Ambrose is the MI7 traitor, and he retrieves the key from English and tells MI7 that English is the traitor. English confronts Quartermain in a London church building, discovering that he has been framed as the traitor. Surviving an assassination attempt, English remains elusive of MI7 gunmen within the church building and escapes MI7's clutches on fellow agent and inventor Quartermain's hi-tech wheelchair.
He goes to Kate Summer's (Rosamund Pike) house and convinces her that he is not the traitor and that the organisation Vortex is behind the assassination and that they were also in Mozambique (his disastrous mission that went wrong). Together they find out that Vortex is using a drug called timoxeline barbebutenol (restricted material) that allows people to be controlled for a brief time, before dying. They also find out that the three "keys" are needed to access the drug. After Kate leaves with Simon Ambrose (the traitor) for Switzerland, an attempt is made on English's life yet again by the killer from Hong Kong. He proceeds to escaping the apartment building through the use of a garbage chute.
English confronts former subordinate Tucker in the latter's bedroom. Tucker is unhappy with English as his latest escapade has resulted in Tucker's suspension from MI7. English convinces Tucker to embark with him on a new mission, telling Tucker that his "country needs him too".
After a mishap involving an "Agent in Distress" signal which culminates with the ejection of an aerial flare during a botched infiltration mission outside a heavily-guarded fortress in the Swiss Alps, English is put in a gully-bag (a bag in which dead people are put) and Tucker pretends he is one of the MI7 guards who supposedly apprehends and then shoots English dead, thus enabling him access to the building.
English, still in the bag, manages to bounce to his head Pegasus' (Gillian Anderson) room and convince her that Ambrose is the traitor, just before she atempts to drink the beverage in which the drug is put. English accidentally drinks it instead, making him obey Ambrose. Pegasus is knocked unconscious by English (after telling her to "duck"), commanded by Ambrose. Ambrose commands English to kill the premier, before remembering what his master, the monk, taught him and tries to resist it. After a relentless fight with himself, he is successful but apparently dies due to the drug.
Kate then kisses him and in his head he remembers from the monk that if he opens his heart, he will be reborn. He opens his eyes, revealing he is not dead, and chases after Ambrose, first by parachute, then by snowmobile, before catching up to his cable-car, as English and Ambrose engage in a tense fistfight, with English managing to endure several kicks to the groin.
He accidentally falls off the car but the snow outside breaks his fall. Ambrose tries to shoot English and English, thinking that his umbrella gadget is actually a bulletproof shield, opens it, and finding that it does not deflect bullets, closes it again, which is actually the signal for it to shoot a rocket. The rocket hits the cable-car, destroying it and killing Ambrose. English is knighted, but, during the ceremony, he finds out that the Queen is the killer in disguise, and she tries to kill him yet again. He chases after her and violently hits her on the head with a tray, only to find out, when the guards bring the real killer inside, that he has attacked the real Queen. In the post-credits scene we see English making a takeaway for Kate Summers to the tune of 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'.
- Rowan Atkinsonas MI7 Agent Sir Johnny English
- Gillian Anderson as MI7 Head "Pegasus" Pamela Thornton
- Rosamund Pikeas Kate Summers
- Dominic Westas Simon Ambrose
- Daniel Kaluuya as Agent Tucker
- Richard Schiffas Fisher
- Tim McInnernyas Patch Quartermain
- Togo Igawaas Ting Wang
- Chris Jarmanas Michael Tembe
- Joséphine de La Baumeas Madeleine
- Tasha de Vasconcelosas Countess Alexandra
- Ian Shawas Agent 2
- Stephen Campbell Mooreas Prime Minister
- Rupert Vansittart
- Pik-Sen Limas the Killer Cleaner
- Miles Juppas an MI7 lab technician
- Burn Gorman as Slater
Filming began on 11 September 2010 in Central London at Cannon Street, with further production scheduled for the week beginning 13 September 2010 at Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire and later in Hawley Woods in Hampshire, Macau and Hong Kong. Filming took place on The Mall in Central London on 25 September 2010.
The Johnny English Theme from the original film is used throughout the score.
On the Australian television programme At the Movies, Margaret Pomeranz rated the movie 3 stars and David Stratton rated the movie 2 stars (the highest being 5 stars). The Indian film critic Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave the film a positive review praising Atkinson's characteristic flair for comedy once again giving it a 4 star rating out of 5.
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