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Hot Fuzz

Edgar Wright


Hot Fuzz
Directed by: Edgar Wright
(Universal Studios)
The final half-hour of action-comedy Hot Fuzz is, essentially, one big action sequence. If someone started watching Hot Fuzz here, they'd initially be unable to differentiate the film from any other machismo-dripping action flick. Then, a goose wanders into the middle of the road. The movie's a neat blend of well-crafted action and hilarity. This is hardly surprising: Hot Fuzz was made by writer/director Edgar Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg, the British team that created the clever zombie send-up Shaun of the Dead. Here, Pegg's starring as Nicholas Angel, a London police-force legend shunted off to work in a sleepy low-crime village. He's soon joined by action-film-worshipping partner Danny (Nick Frost). Then a murder occurs. Wright and Pegg's movies work because they use their knowledge of plotting and genre conventions to help them slyly demonstrate which aspects of the films they're satirizing as silly, and which are worth celebrating. Hot Fuzz is an entertaining action flick. It also features Nicholas and Danny discussing whether Angel has given the foe he leaves in a freezer an appropriately pithy send-off. "Did you say, "Cool off?'" asks Danny. In the end, Pegg and Wright aren't ripping apart action movies, they're sending them a tongue-in-cheek love letter.
Lindsay McCarney

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