Cert: 15 Runtime: 121 mins Director: Edgar Wright Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Olivia Coleman, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy and Bill Bailey
You wanna be a big cop in a small town? Fuck off up the model village
The Cornetto trilogy is almost at an end, The World’s End will hit cinemas this weekend. Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have created two of the most memorable British films of all time. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, as Shaun has been reviewed all ready I thought it was time for Fuzz to be my blast from the past. I have a huge admiration for this trio, they have come from no where with a little TV show called Spaced and made the world their oyster. So what is Hot Fuzz? Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing – the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. Once there, he is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). The son of amiable Police Chief Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be a real-life “bad boy,” and his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for. Angel is quick to dismiss this as childish fantasy and Danny’s puppy-like enthusiasm only adds to Angel’s growing frustration. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny’s dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gun fighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality. It’s time for these small-town cops to break out some big-city justice.
Hot Fuzz excels as an action film because of its funny build-up, its quite intriguing story, its ability to stay on track, excellent chemistry amongst the actors, and of course, plenty of gruesome action to sink your teeth into. Carrying the formula that propelled Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz entertains you, throws you off with its plot twists, and then has you on the edge of your seat when the action picks up. It does not contain any romance or pointless sex scenes, but that’s instead replaced by a dosage of horror and mystery. The pacing is fast and furious, and refuses to slow down. The references come flying (some obvious, some vague) from all directions, and then it even ends like an action film—so plug in the ears if you don’t like a lot of noise.Following the same choppy-edited quick cuts from Shawn of the Dead, Edgar Wright does a fantastic job keeping the speed of the film fast, while leaving plenty of details, Easter eggs, and hints as to what is going to happen next. Adding to his fantastic direction are the funny visuals that can be seen in the background as the subjects in front of the camera engage in conversation. But even with the hints intact, you still don’t know where the story is going, and that is thanks to the writing staff (Pegg, again, and Wright…again).
Hot Fuzz is actually a lot less predictable than Shawn of the Dead—its also not as funny, but much more action-oriented.We have quite a talented staff in Hot Fuzz that extends from the creative staff to the actors. Besides the hilarious and likable Pegg and Frost, we also have Bill Nighy, Timothy Dalton, Paul Freeman, Stuart Wilson, and Jim Broadbent. While you may not know these names as well as the major Hollywood actors of today, just know that you won’t get the typical stomach-churning acting present in the average action film. Hot Fuzz spends most of the movie building up using comical scenes, moments of suspense and terror; and then blows the doors down in the final moments. With a long, funny, yet satisfying shoot-out, a grand car chase, a tense final fight, and explosions left and right, the third act more than makes for its lack of gunfire and pyrotechnics in the first two parts of the movie.While referencing and giving nods to Die Hard, Point Break, Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon, and other superb action flicks, Hot Fuzz becomes among the better action flicks in recent memory. With a plot that actually works, characters are actually dimensional, and with content that is actually smart, this film is over-the-top, gory, but maintains the quality whether blood is spewing onto the screen or not. It is funny, gory, and out-of-control.