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Hot Fuzz

Never Fear, the Supercop is Here

Meet Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), policeman extraordinaire. He graduated top of his class, he's an expert marksman, and he can engage in a highspeed chase with the best of 'em. Along with a stacked resume, he also has an arrest rate 400% higher than anyone else in his department. In any other normal action movie, this would only be an asset to the hero but, then again, Hot Fuzz is no ordinary film.

As the ads state, Hot Fuzz is written and directed by the same team that created the brilliant cult classic Shaun of the Dead, writer/actor Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright. As such, it's full of similar tongue-in-cheek humor and over-the-top antics. However, instead of battling zombies, the protagonists here are up against a much more insidious enemy.

Despite Sergeant Angel's stellar record, his superiors have decided that his super-cop heroics are making them look bad, so they "promote" him by shipping him out to an idyllic village in the country whose main concern is not crime but rather winning the "Village of the Year" award. His new colleagues, including a pair of ridiculously antagonistic detectives dubbed "The Andys", are an odd bunch more focused on stuffing their faces with sweets than actually working.

But nothing gets past Sergeant Angel and soon a serious of "accidents" raises his suspicion. Together with his new partner, the bumbling yet well-meaning Danny (Nick Frost who also played Pegg's counterpart in Shaun of the Dead), they investigate the incidents only to realize that the village is not nearly as cheery as it seems.

As Shaun of the Dead was send-up of zombie and slasher flicks, Hott Fuzz satirizes action movies in the way only the Brits can do. It has its moments of madness but most of the humor is dry, sly and full of wit. Pegg and Wright have come up with another gem. The writing is sharp, insightful and just plain funny. One particularly hilarious scene involves a heated debate between Angel and The Andys and a quickly filling "swear box".

The cast is excellent here. Pegg and Frost turn out the same great, dead-on performances they did in Shaun of the Dead. And fans of British comedy will recognize several familiar cameos/roles, including Mr. 007 himself, Timothy Dalton, who stands out as the creepy Simon Skinner.

However, Hot Fuzz could have benefited with a bit of editing. With a two hour playing time, the denouement, or big reveal, comes pretty late in the game after you've already checked your watch once or twice. But once it does arrive, it's all worth it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars