SUPER TROOPERS (15)
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Everything about the latest caper is fusty and outdated including a flimsy script penned by William Davies, which has the title character “go analogue” to defeat the hi-tech menace of cyberterrorists.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