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Hot Fuzz

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Production Budget: N/A

Worldwide Gross: $78.7M

Hot Fuzz is a movie I was very much looking forward to seeing. As it is presented by the same makers as Shaun of the Dead, I can say one thing about this movie with a level of certainty. If you loved Shaun of the Dead, you’ll like this movie less. Nicholas Angel, played by Simon Pegg, is the most successful cop London has seen in years. His die hard devotion to the force, and enforcing even the most mundane laws of the land, has resulted in a most impressive arrest record. Unfortunately for him, much like the office kiss ass, his act has worn thin with those on the force who don’t share his enthusiasm for the job, or paperwork. As such, he is “promoted”, and transferred to the small town of Sandford.

Sandford is a town that from the outside appears devoid of crime. In a matter of minutes however, Pegg is back to his ways, halting harmless fun, and arresting underage drinkers as only an uptight cop could. As his time in Sandford progresses, he befriends Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), who is his law enforcement antithesis. Butterman is a bumbling fool, who like many cops I fear, got into law enforcement to reenact cheesy American Cop movies in real life. When a series of “accidental” deaths start occurring around Sandford, the two embark on a mission to solve the murders, while the rest of the town and police force stand blindly by the mantra, “Accidents Happen”.

As with Shaun of the Dead, the strength of this movie is found in its thought and creative design. It is a combination of Police Academy, Scary Movie, and Shaun of the The Dead, with a touch of Rambo sprinkled in for good measure. The dry humor is there, and contrary to some reviews I have read, the intermittent over the top violence was done cleverly and added to the humor of several scenes. The character’s were fairly well done, and they effectively spoofed the “competent cop-useless cop” set up of modern cop movies. The story is strong in parts, and the movie does manage to entertain for most of its excessive runtime.

The biggest weakness of the film is that it simply didn’t quite measure up to Shaun of the Dead. The directing, acting, premise, and script were all far superior to cookie cutter comedies like I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. However, something just didn’t fit. The movie was long and indecisive, the final plot twist was far less that surprising, and the ending just never seemed to come.

I am still a big fan of the makers of this movie, and I will certainly see this team’s next release. The film shows flashes of promise, but I was left unsatisfied.

Average - DVD Bargain Bin For the best bang for your buck, I recommend you rent this movie from the bargain bin. If you are a huge fan of the genre and Shaun of the Dead, then consider renting it as a new release.

~Jared