Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman
The official website
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), a policeman, is so excellent in his craft that his colleagues pale in comparison. As a result, they are too eager to rid of him, from London to the peaceful countryside of Sandford. Over there, he befriends Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) who wishes to be as outstanding as him. Simply a misfit, Nicholas may seem too uptight about rights and wrongs in the peaceful place. However, a series of murders soon occur, why does it occur and who does it?
* one should really avoid reading reviews that give the story away *
-- IMHO, 3 aspects of the film thrills ...
(i) some food for thoughts, some philosphical takes ...
... facade vs reality, facts vs figures, statistics and lies, etc
... priorities in life, e.g., family vs job, taking things seriously vs lightly, etc
... crimes, e.g., prevention vs protection, punishment vs forgiveness, legal vs social, etc
... politics e.g., in jobs and in society, etc
(ii) its sense of humor ... wow ... kind of dark or even twisted at times ... maybe one could try surfing the net for a compilation ... in addition, there are many PUNS too, that is, if you are quick enough to catch it ... honestly, i am not even sure if i have really caught all of them ... i guess i have to watch it again to gather more ... ha ha ha
(iii) i also like the way the film is edited ... not only does it seem "stylish", it literally accelerates the pace of the film and keeps one on his toes ... interestingly, some edits are done out of humor to coincide with the next frame ... watch it and you will get it ...
What could be better?
hmmm, since i have typed it in the next para, please see it in the conclusion ...
Highly recommended, except for one thing ... i think it triumphs on three grounds (i) the witty humor (ii) the intense thriller coupled with the interesting/fast paced edit and (iii) the initial philosphical take ... however, i have some minor qualms over the way it ends (i.e., the last 20 minutes or so) ... however, i do recognize that some others may be perfectly okay with it ... without giving too much away, i would say the film should have ended just before the "come back" and "crazy gunfire" (which render the film too commercial and less realistic for me, but it possibly pleases all the teens) ... up to that point, i thought the film is still very credible and hence, it should adopt a grim ending to get audience discussing about the several philosophical takes it throws out ... nonetheless, this ending does not alter my decision to highly recommend it ...