In this new film review series I will be shouting about the films I love, but ones specifically related to crime, thriller and mystery genres. The other thing they will all have in common is aspects that I think will help you when writing your own stories in these genres.
Films that will be included will include dirty cops, gruesome murder, police procedure, plot twists, clever criminals, crimes scenes, spies and more.
A Review of Hot Fuzz
Murder, petty theft, unlicensed weapons, corruption
In a nutshell:
Cop comedy in the countryside
Description: Nicholas Angel is the best cop in the Metro police, so he’s been promoted. There is just one catch – he’s being moved to Sandford in Gloucestershire for making the other policemen ‘look bad’. Partnered with Danny Butterman, son of the Chief, Frank, who dreams of being a cop like in the films he’s watched over and over, Angel quickly finds out that living in the ‘safest village in the country’ means there are a lot more ‘accidents’ than usual.
4 good reasons to watch it:
- Police procedures – one of the comedy aspects is that action films don’t cover all the paperwork, so they make a point of covering it all
- Humour – so it is primarily a comedy, but they also have a lot of action and bloody violence at the same time
- Setting – a quaint setting is different, and (as I live there, in fact about 30 miles from where the film was shot) it’s quite accurate, setting it apart from the usual city based thrillers.
- Minor characters – tons of brilliantly portrayed side characters, suspects and police to get you thinking about how to create your own secondary characters.
Over to you
Have you seen this film? Did it give you any ideas for stories? Let me know in the comments!