Angel (Simon Pegg) is London's top cop. His arrest record is 400% higher
than any other cop on the force. He's received 9 special commendations
in the last year. In short: he's making the rest of the force look bad.
he's been reassigned to Sandford, a rural community that's been voted "best
village of the year" for the last 4 years. In other words, nothing
happens there. It's not the sort of place that London's most-dedicated
will have much to do. Or will he?
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Jim
new partner, Danny (Nick Frost), is a bit of a dimwit who thinks that
what he sees in American movies
like Point Break and Bad Boys II is the reality of
being a police officer in a large city. Frank (Jim Broadbent), Nick's
new boss (and Danny's father,) is extremely laid back, urging Nick
to calm down and realize he's not in London anymore.
after Nick's arrival, several of the town's most notable residents
die in what everyone believes to be a series of unrelated accidents.
otherwise and thinks that the local supermarket manager, Simon Skinner
(Timothy Dalton), is to blame for their murders. His co-workers on the
force think he's out of his mind. There hasn't been a murder in Sandford
for 20 years. Now, Nick faces the biggest challenge of his career: making
the people of Sandford
to their village.
Fuzz is the work of the team responsible for Shaun
of the Dead.
That film was a hilarious parody of the horror genre. Hot Fuzz takes
on buddy cop movies in the same way and does so almost as successfully.
Director (and co-writer) Edgar Wright has all of the
down to a science. From quick edits and impossible gunplay to the
overblown sound effects accompanying each of Nick's actions (including
his coat), Hot Fuzz brilliantly emulates and mocks the ridiculousness
of over-the-top American action movies. Wright
and co-writer Pegg's clear understanding of their subject matter allows
them to include subtle humor in the script. That's something that's
spoofs these days barely go beyond merely aping scenes from other films
only problem with Hot Fuzz is that it takes too much time to
get going. The climactic payoff is almost worth the build-up but not
quite. While the two hour running time does
give the movie ample opportunity to explore the townsfolk and their quirks,
it does more harm to the film's comedic momentum which recovers in the
end, but just barely.
you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead, you'll like Hot Fuzz.
If you like comedies with some actual wit (and don't mind some gratuitous
gore), you'll like Hot Fuzz. If you're the type that thinks Epic
Movie was brilliant satire, you won't understand Hot
Fuzz. It's the real thing.
indicate how behind the times Sandford police station is, the sound of
a very old Apple Macintosh startup tone is heard in the background. This
startup tone hasn't been played by any Mac that has been released in
the last ten years. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)