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JOHNNY English Repackaged might be a more fitting title for Oliver Parker''s belated sequel to the 2003 comedy.

Aside from the casting of rising star Daniel Kaluuya as Johnny''s sidekick and a prominent role for a voice-controlled Rolls-Royce Phantom Coup V16, Johnny English Reborn could have been shot directly after the original film. Following a disastrous mission in Mozambique, Johnny (Atkinson) turns his back on MI7 and heads to a Tibetan retreat, but section chief Pamela Thornton (Gillian Anderson) woos him back to help thwart an assassination attempt on the Chinese premier.

Johnny English is an old-fashioned, gently effervescent spy caper that amuses but rarely delights.

Atkinson''s talent for physical humour delivers a couple of belly laughs, but the script lacks invention and dialogue feels flat. After this second assignment, Johnny''s licence to thrill has been revoked.


Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 7, 2011
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