Well I just about screwed the pooch on this one, didn’t I? What with our construction and all I completely forgot that Saturday night was filled with Brits, blood, and Timothy Dalton!

That’s right, Interns, Brother Iain and I ventured down to the Promenade AMC 16 Theaters (where regular price of admission is now a scolding $12 per!) and saw the newest piece of British comedy to hop across the pond, Hot Fuzz. Brought to you by the minds behind 2004’s zombie hit flick Shaun of the Dead, director Edgar Wright delivers an entertaining film filled with action, comedy, murder mystery and all-around spoofery that seals the deal on this dry-witted knockout of a movie. Co-written by Wright and the film’s star Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible III, Shaun of the Dead), this film touches on action movie stereotypes that we all recognize and even gives nods to some of the “greats” of the genre, including Point Break and Bad Boys 2.

At the start of the film we meet Pegg’s character, Sgt. Nicholas Angel. An extremely accomplished police constable serving the Metropolitan Police in London, Angel is perhaps too good at what he does. Such an impressive resume, in fact, that his co-workers feel it does nothing but make every other PC at the station look bad. So, he is volunteered by his boss, the ever hilarious and brilliant Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), to be relocated to a small, charming village out in the country that has won “Best Village of the Year” for as long as some of its residents have been alive. Angel is less than thrilled about the transfer, being that he feels his supreme policing and fighting skills will not be put to proper use in a village where one of the largest crime concerns is a street performer who imitates a statue.

(Side note: The person who originally informs Angel of his transfer is a Sergeant played by Martin Freeman, aka my sweet boy’s British counterpart on BBC’s version of The Office.)

Upon arrival in the village, everyone knows who he is and why he’s there and on his first night out in town he meets Shaun co-star Nick Frost who plays Police Constable Butterman and son of the town’s Chief Inspector Frank Butterman, played by the prolific Jim Broadbent. The supporting cast of townies is absolutely outstanding, especially the rather smarmy and suspicious local grocery store owner, Simon Skinner, played by none other than Mr. Timothy Dalton.

Life in the small village seems to be rather ho-hum and normal until a brutally graphic and vicious string of killings staged as accidents throw Angel and PC Butterman hot on the trail of whoever is carrying out this murderous rampage. As they get closer to solving, in typical murder mystery fashion, details are switched and some of the most important informants fall victim to the accidents that seem to be taking the lives of so many others in the village. Like in a good game of Clue, you may *think* you know who done it, but until you can see the entire picture painted in front of you, you can never be too sure.

Big laughs are shared throughout and in similar fashion to Shaun of the Dead, the violence is absolutely brutal and extreme, but in the same token, very well done. Furthermore, I think that any fan of action films will get a kick out of Fuzz‘s continuous nods to some of the cornerstone films (and some not-so-cornerstone films) of the genre.

So, if you’re a fan of action movies and dry Brit wit, I’d highly recommend this flick. I think you’ll find that Hot Fuzz is the best kind of Hot Fun.

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