Movie Recommendation: Hot Fuzz


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If you have not already guessed, I am a huge fan of the zombie genre and one of my favorite films is Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Shaun of the Dead. The film is a classic with is various references to famous works in zombie films. The follow up to the film is a departure from one genre into action films with 2007’s Hot Fuzz.

Like Shaun of the Dead, the head-lining protagonists are portrayed by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg handles the role of Constable Nicholas Angel: a high-ranking, accomplished and capable member of the London Metropolitan Police. Angel is actually too good for London; he is promoted to sergeant and transferred to the sleepy town of Sandford. The town’s residents and Inspector Frank Butterman, portrayed by Jim Broadbent, welcome Angel to the community with open arms. Angel, with his new partner, Constable Danny Butterman, portrayed by Frost, begin to unravel the mystery behind Sandford’s low crime rate and high accident rate. In the end of the film, the true nature of characters are brought to light and a spectacular series of action sequences are served to illustrate the climax.

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The film itself holds well, both as the spiritual sequel to Shaun of the Dead and as a homage to action films. After doing research on this film’s history, Wright said he referred to a book listing action movie clichés, and opted to incorporate parts of those into the film. Action movie junkies can see references to popular action movies such as Bad Boys II, Point Break, Taxi Driver and Reservoir Dogs. The action sequences are over the top, but are exciting to watch. The characters have some depth to them and the relationship between Pegg and Frost carries onto the screen, as their partnership mimics the buddy-cop films of the hey day.

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I recommend this film for anyone who enjoys action films and over-the-top styles similar to the action movies previously mentioned. This film, however, has a viable plot line that coincides with violence, character development, and mystery, which made it enjoyable to watch. The second of Pegg and Wright’s Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, Hot Fuzz is a must see for action movie and longtime fans of the previous work of the two. The film shows how the actors and writers can be versatile with different genres of film and I look forward to the final installment, The World’s End, due for release in 2013.

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