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Hot Fuzz

Simon Pegg plays a London policeman by the name of Nick Angel, who's just too exceptional for his own good - putting the rest of his office to shame. As a consequence his boss "promotes" him, but the promotion is somewhere else - Sandford. He is given no choice in the matter and is forced to move.

Village life promises him an entirely different challenge to that of the city, but it doesn't take long as he arrests most of the village on the first night - although nobody else in the station seems to care as they're busy eating chocolate cake and ignoring the world, "For the greater good". Anyway, the neighbourhood watch runs the show, with closed-circuit TV placing the entire village under surveillance.

Angel is partnered with Dan Butterman (Nick Frost), who plays the imbecile to Angel consummate professional, a double act that works well. As a stream of deaths takes place, Butterman writes them off as nothing but accidents - but Angel thinks otherwise.

The film has a great plot, starting off as a whodunit and then turning into an action movie - and when it does, it does it with style. The comedy is present throughout, with many of the cast of The Office, Green Wing and Black Books combined being used to good effect, to the point where there are so many British stars that it's hard to list them all. It's an exceedingly British film - which just makes it all the better. It takes a little while to get going, but the laughs are plenty so you don't really mind. There are also a few deliberate references back to Shaun Of The Dead - I counted at least three, but whilst Simon Pegg previously played something of a slacker, he's a much more sharp and focused individual in this one.

As the lead, Pegg should be pleased with himself. He's done a good job. Whilst we're waiting for Run, Fatboy, Run to come out, I might just go and see this film again.

Filmfour review here: (*clicky*)
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