SU­PER TROOP­ERS (15)

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(PG) ★★★★★

SEVEN years af­ter Rowan Atkin­son’s MI7 agent blun­dered through the lack­lus­tre se­quel Johnny English Re­born, the rub­ber-faced lead­ing man dusts off his li­cence to kill for a globetrotting third mis­sion un­der the di­rec­tion of David Kerr.

Alas, Johnny English Strikes Again is a load of Thun­der­balls.

Ev­ery­thing about the lat­est ca­per is fusty and out­dated in­clud­ing a flimsy script penned by Wil­liam Davies, which has the ti­tle char­ac­ter “go ana­logue” to de­feat the hi-tech men­ace of cy­bert­er­ror­ists.

Atkin­son re­cy­cles clown­ing set-pieces from his Mr Bean hey­day with a gusto that is lack­ing from the film around him.

Ev­ery prat­fall is tele­graphed in ad­vance and a fi­nal show­down with the film’s glar­ingly ob­vi­ous vil­lain is a de­flat­ing anti-cli­max. ★★★★★

SU­PER Troop­ers 2 is a be­lated se­quel to a goofy 2001 com­edy, which splut­ters from one puerile and ridicu­lous in­ter­lude to the next.

Jay Chan­drasekhar’s pic­ture is a mis­er­able ex­cuse for en­ter­tain­ment, which re­peat­edly pokes fun at the cul­tural di­vide be­tween Amer­ica and Canada with­out any ob­vi­ous pur­pose or punch­lines to hit a tar­get. The script pa­rades crude hu­mour and xeno­pho­bia in a des­per­ate search for just one laugh.

Avail­able from Oc­to­ber 8 on down­load and stream­ing ser­vices.

Olga Kurylenko as Ophe­lia and Rowan Atkin­son as Johnny English

Paul Soter as Fos­ter, Jay Chan­drasekhar as Thorny and Kevin Hef­fer­nan as Farva

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