Movie: "Hot Fuzz"
Year: 2007
Rated: R
Genre: Action / Adventure
Directed by: Edgar wright
Writing credits: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 4/7/2008

Plot: Supercop Nicholas Angel has been reassigned by his jealous collegues to the quaint little town of Sandford. Angel is annoyed by the local constabulary's lax approach to law enforcement, but soon suspects that there may be more to this quiet country town than meets the eye...

Review: The film was billed as being "from the creators of 'Shaun of the Dead'", and it definitely delivers on that claim. The movie uses the same black humor as Shaun, and throughout the film, you'll see the same sort of little callbacks seen in Shaun. Nick Frost even reprises his role as the dumb best buddy-type character from Shaun, whereas Simon Pegg's character is the absolute opposite, having drive and athleticism in place of baseless determination and, let's say, heart.

Overall, I loved the movie. The humor is a nice mix of the subtle and the silly, and the movie makes suitable mockeries of action movie clichés. The one thing that struck as odd about the parodying was the references to Point Break. The very first reference pokes fun at one of the more ridiculous moments from the film (and not Keanu Reeves shouting "I am an FBI agent!"), but when they callback to that same reference, it's treated with unexpected seriousness. Far more seriousness than should be given to a movie about surfing FBI agents and bank robbers.

The other thing that struck me about the movie was the long action sequence at the end of the film (I don't think saying that there is one isn't much of a spoiler, seeing as the commercials for the movie consisted almost entirely of footage from said sequence). It was funny, and it worked as a fairly legitimate action sequence, but it just didn't seem quite in line with the tone of humor set by the rest of the film, focusing more on parody than the more subtle humor. Granted, it would be difficult to use much subtle humor in the midst of a gunfight, but the transition is still a little jarring.

But I don't want it to seem like I have any real problems with the film. They did the exact same thing at the end of Shaun of the Dead, only with horror instead of action. That said, you owe it to yourself to see this movie if you're a Shaun of the Dead fan. It's a lot like this movie, have I mentioned that?

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Fookin' up planets!
Apr 7th, 2008, 04:27 PM
Love these guys... Fuck You Guy Richie!
Fucking Finland
Apr 7th, 2008, 04:38 PM
Best movie released in 2007 in my opinion.
Apr 7th, 2008, 06:24 PM
I can't wait for Run Fatboy Run.
Can't even THINK straight
Apr 7th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Apr 7th, 2008, 06:40 PM
The plot really spoofed the hell out of those big-budget Hollywood films. And it spawned a nice random quote for our gaming club: "Fruit attack!"
Apr 7th, 2008, 06:45 PM
"Playtime's over"
Cthulhu Fthagn
Apr 7th, 2008, 07:20 PM
You know, many people have been knifed by Santa, but none of them did it with such style!
Apr 7th, 2008, 07:26 PM
i thought it was just the one t
Funky Dynamite
Apr 7th, 2008, 08:21 PM
Getting knifed by Santa: classic

Getting knifed by Peter Jackson dressed as Santa: Priceless.
Built in the 80s
Apr 7th, 2008, 10:20 PM
Classic movie. Freakin hilarious.
Forum Virgin
Apr 7th, 2008, 11:21 PM
Love this movie! I hope the same team comes out with another one.
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Apr 8th, 2008, 01:02 AM
"Yarrp," I love this film!
Man, it's high time you reviewed it.
And where can we submit recommendations,
for stupid or awesome or stupid-awesome films?
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Apr 8th, 2008, 03:49 AM
Loved this movie, even more than I loved Shaun of the Dead (it's a close call, but something about this one won me over the edge). It does take this movie a bit longer to really get things rolling, but it stays good in the end (as opposed to Shaun's slight lag towards the closing minutes).

The last scene with the human statue (especially his expression), that made me crack right up.
Pickleman's Uncle
Apr 8th, 2008, 06:05 AM
Shaun of the Dead > Hot Fuzz > Run Fat Boy Run
Apr 8th, 2008, 10:02 AM
I didn't like this as much as SotD, but it did have one of the best "popping heads" scenes I've seen since the exploding head in Scanners.
You'll thank me later...
Apr 9th, 2008, 12:02 AM
You knew it was going to be great right from the start, sealed in quality by Adam Ant's "Goody Two Shoes".
The Goddamned Batman
Apr 9th, 2008, 01:08 AM
Yeah, I gotta agree that the last time you see the Human Statue is a real laugh-out-loud moment. And the shoot-out at the end is fucking classic.
Funky Dynamite
Apr 9th, 2008, 01:32 AM
drifting in the void
Apr 9th, 2008, 06:49 AM
One Word: Cornetto.

Love those guys.
Rape you...
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:55 AM
Bought it together with Shoot em' up. Enjoyed them both even more than Die Hard 4. Paul Giamatti and the dead woman in SEU, and the "pointy thing through Mr. Bond's chin" in HF were both great moments that kept us laughing for long time.
hanging out
Apr 9th, 2008, 01:37 PM
I just watched it for the first time this weekend. At first I thought they were setting up Dalton as a red herring and the actual killer was the mime so just Neighborhood watch guy could say I told you so at the end.
I admit I watched with confusion that last fight in the miniture town. What was the point of it if they weren't going to shoot it from a lower perspective in slo mo. I don't get it at all.
Can't touch this
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:02 AM
I especially like the very beginning, where his sargeant called the Inspector into the office and Angel was told the EXACT same thing. Then they get the Chief Inspector on the phone and Angel hears it AGAIN. Plus the scene with his girlfriend, where he goes over to the wrong person. "I'm not Janine"
And I had to look her name up on Almighty Wiki...
Its Better To Not Be Dead
Apr 10th, 2008, 05:14 PM
The none action parts of the movie right up till the end is basically telling us what actual police work is like. The point is kinda to bore us with normal police work until eventually they come out and say "FINE, YOU WANT A NONE REALISTIC COP FILM WITH NOTHING BUT ACTION? HERE YA GO!!! JEEZ!!"

I don't know. Maybe I'm just crazy.
Funky Dynamite
Apr 10th, 2008, 05:52 PM
I think you are crazy because actual police work rarely involves dealing with a lot of accidents that eventually turn out to be murders, and hopefully it doesn't involve having to deal with surly coworkers doing all they can to hamstring your efforts.

But it does take place in England. Maybe that's how the bobbies operate.

Also, I believe the purpose of the movie was to make people laugh, rather than demonstrate the mundane life of a real police officer.
Its Better To Not Be Dead
Apr 11th, 2008, 04:30 PM
What i ment wasnt so much that accidents eventually turn into murders, just that police work isnt all car chases and gunfights. Plus of course its gotta be funny and awesome or else nobody would get through the first three forths of the film, which is definatly not as intense as the last little bit.

So yeah it was funny but they kinda do it by being boring.
Apr 11th, 2008, 04:35 PM
I thought it was brilliant.
Forum Virgin
Nov 16th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Edward Woodward, who played Tom Weaver has, died at the age of 79.

"If we don't come down hard on these clowns, we are going to be up to our *balls* in jugglers!"