by: Edgar Wright
Pegg, Martin Freeman, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton
Released by: Rogue Pictures
Short: This unique film combines British gray reality with the sensationalism of Hollywood, promising to please fans of art and action alike.
Enter the Fuzz
Action With Substance
Hot Fuzz director and co-writer Edgar Wright watched over 180 action films with star and co-writer Simon Pegg before putting pen to paper. And while such intense scrutiny may seem excessive, the film, which showcases the most appealing aspects of the action genre without the typical tawdriness, would not have otherwise been possible.
such a battery of movie material under their belts,
one might be led to believe that a film with such a
tongue-in-cheek name begs, borrows and steals from
the bottomless pit of plot-devoid mayhem known as the “action
genre.” Hot Fuzz isn't true satire,
however. While the dialogue is crafted with
a sharp wit, characters such as PC Danny Butterman
(Nick Frost), a sheltered, good-natured film buff,
are fully aware of and continuously reference the indiscretions
of the archetypal action blockbuster. That is, until
the film devolves into the very action indulgence that
it strives not to be for 90-odd minutes.
As in his pseudo-satirical zombie-slayer flick “Shaun of the Dead”, Wright delicately harmonizes his understanding of British gray reality with the sensationalism of Hollywood, ultimately earning the right to satisfying chase scenes and well-executed shootouts by first allowing the audience to truly care about his characters and their circumstances.
Hot Fuzz is the story of Nicholas Angel (Pegg), an over-accomplished London supercop who is run off the force for making his superiors look like do-nothings. Out of a job and out of love, Angel is re-located to the rural hamlet of Sanford, allegedly the safest village in England.
Upon arrival, Angel's hard-line approach to crime is met with opposition from the locals, who believe in tolerance rather than punishment. Angel becomes unpopular amongst the local PD, headed by Inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), because of this difference of opinion, invalidating his belief that a string of recent accidents were in fact murders.
In the true action film form, Angel is given strength not by a love interest, but rather Danny Butterman, action film enthusiast, and Angel's partner and biggest admirer. Together, Angel and Danny uncover a much more sinister truth about the happenings in Sanford, the culmination of which is one of the most original, satisfying action film finishes in recent history.
With an ending that promises several memorable shootouts, an homage to Clint Eastwood's portrayal of “Angel Eyes” in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, the drop-kicking of a shotgun-equipped elderly woman, and a rather precarious bit of justice for Timothy Dalton's jaw, Hot Fuzz is a wholly unique, artful and entertaining journey that promises to please fans of art and action alike.