If you have not heard of this film then where have you been for the last few years? It’s a great comedy action film that will have you glued to the screen and laughing hard. It stars Simon Pegg as PC Nicholas Angel a top London copper who gets posted out to the sticks due to his exceptional performance – 400% better than the others and making them all look bad. So off he goes, promoted to Sargent and tries to settle into his new village lifestyle. PC Angel is a complete workaholic who throughout the film we start to see more of his personal side.
He pops to the local pub on his first night in his new patch for a cranberry juice and sees some kids drinking under-age, he rapidly books clears the bar of youths and is the only one left in. As he’s leaving he nearly gets run over by a drink driver he’s soon to find out is his new partner (Danny – played by Nick Frost). Whilst dragging Danny to the nick he picks up some youths on the way… only to learn the nick doesn’t tend to do this enforcing the law stuff that often.
The phrase the “greater good” is heard throughout the film, with the village being quaint and the police station more like a village social club than crime fighting central. Danny’s misdemeanor is dealt with by him having to keep the station stocked of ice cream for the next month.
Danny plays the role of a naive but good hearted slightly dumb copper whilst Angel sticks to his formal analytical style. The film is centralized around how the village Angel is stationed to is trying to win the village of the year award for the umpteenth time and how they go about ensuring they’ll win and present the perfect village image. His first crime he’s called to is a missing swan, by a Mr P.I.Staker – he laughs at and then it cuts to him taking the details down from Mr P.I.Staker.
Angel spots a thief at the local supermarket, a chase ensues, the thief’s caught but happens to be someones brothers mother’s niece or something – anyway, the guy gets let off as the sinister supermarket owner doesn’t want to press charges. Next up they pull a guy for speeding, who happens to be a “well respected solicitor” who tries to blag his way out of it to no avail… The actor sends tickets to the station, Angel refuses them, though has to attend as the Chief requested him to do so. After the play the plot thickens at the after party, and later that night Mr Blower (the solicitor) is murdered together with the lead actress in the play. Angel gets a call and heads out to a traffic collission, where the two appear to have died in an accident. His analytical mind work through the information they have, however the local CID just can’t be bothered to look into it, just saying that accidents happen.
Angel and Danny are called out to a local farm, where they need an aged copper to come with them to translate from local farmer speak into English. On asking if the farmer has a licence for the fire arm he’s holding he’s shown a shed with significant ammount of ammunition – even a sea mine, which when on saying it’s a load of junk it starts to tick, they all rapidly exit the shed to… no explosion. They then impound the illegal firearms, providing more action than the stations seen probably in the last century. To celebrate Angel and Danny head to the local pub, and Angel’s persuaded to have a drink other than cranberry juice. After a few they head back to Danny’s and Angel opens up a little about his workaholic nature. Whilst their watching a film we see snippets of a murder, covered up by leaving the gas on… and so another member of the village dies.
As Angel gets on the scene he gives directions of what to do, saying 3 people have died in a week, yet no one thinks anything suspicious of it. Back at the station Angel learns he has to go and police the village fete. At which Danny takes him over to the air rifle shooting game, whereby he rapidly and efficiently knocks down the targets, on handing the rifle to Danny he accidentally shoots the guy running it in the leg!
The local reporter says to Angel he needs to talk to him about the murder and will meet him at 3pm by the church clock, however at 5mins to he’s called to do the raffle draw and so couldn’t be there. Whilst Angle’s on stage the camera flicks back and forth to a cloaked man running up the church to the roof, where the man then pushes a significant chunk of stone off. As Angel runs round to meet him just as he gets the the stone spire goes straight through the man. The Chief takes it seriously, upon which the cordons put up. Angel and Danny are given guard duty – out in the rain.
That evening Angel goes through the local paper archives and turns up in the morning whereby him and Danny start to go through the facts with Danny providing good local gossip. After another death, there’s a meeting at the station where he informs the others how he feels about the deaths, that they all are likely linked. The Chief calls him in to have a quiet word, and he tries to talk him down a bit. Angel says he knows who did it, the team go to the supermarket and Angel pieces together all the information providing a reasonable argument, however it turns out it was not him. After an embarrassing mis-accusation he quietens down, very much subdued, and appears to sink into the hum drum village life.
Then it comes to him, it’s more than one killer. the Chief asks him to sleep on it. Supposedly the same thing happened to his predecessor. He cracked after coming from the big city to the little village. On getting back to his hotel, Angel’s confronted by the killer in the cloak and manages to win. The killer had a radio on him, Angel hears Skinner asking if he’s been taken care of, he replies and Skinner says to come to the castle, thinking he was talking to his assassin and not Angel.
At the castle we are shown a kind of cult, the village elders in black cloaks sat at a round table. Angel gets to the castle and hears how they orchestrated his death and how he’d be found, he makes himself known and attempts to arrest the village elders. He says they should be ashamed of themselves, bu they say it’s all “for the greater good”.
They had been killing the people for simple reasons such as the running down of the drama club; building a house that didn’t fit in; persistent errors in the paper; and the grocer was killed as she was set on moving away – if they can’t have her no one can. Then the Chief turns up, with the same black cape on, and explains how he used to be like Angel, then because one year they lost the title his wife committed suicide, and so he said he’d do everything to ensure they won the village award each year thereafter. They try to kill Angel, Danny turns up and takes the villagers side, Angel’s chased, falls down and discovers where the villagers keep the dead that don’t die in accidents. He runs out and Danny helps him get away.
The Chief is Danny’s dad, Danny accepts what Angel’s saying, however says he can’t help him… Gives Angel the keys to his car, and he starts to head back to London as the cover up does right to the top… At a petrol station he see’s the cover of Bad Boys II and decides he has to go back. He goes to the station and gets the guns they previously impounded – he hops on a horse, and goes to get the criminals. A fantastic comical shoot up follows with the local villagers pulling guns out from inside their jackets and inside bicycle baskets and it all kicks off. Danny spots Angel and runs over to join in, this time picking the right side.
The rest of the local force turn up when they get into the pub, the Chief tries to get the force to arrest Angel but he explains whats been happening and they turn against the Chief who manages to get away. Next up is Mr Skinner, they head to the supermarket. Fight their way through the aisles to the main office where they look out the window to see Mr Skinner running into a cop car. They hop out the window and are in close pursuit. Skinners car crashes into a model village due to a swan in the road, Angel and Danny come round the corner and manage to avoid the swan, stopping to put it in the back and then drive on to catch up with Skinner and the Chief. Skinner loses the fight with Angel. Danny turns up, after helping his dad out the car (the Chief) his dad takes him hostage and manages to get away… but not for long he soon crashes the car due to the swan in the back.
Then the London Chief arrives in Sanford offering Angel his job back, but he declines saying he rather likes it there. Next scene is Angel with the newly motivated coppers in the station when one of the village elders comes in and goes to shoot Angel, Danny dives in front and takes the bullet, Angel kicks a bin into the guys face and wrestles him into the impound room, where from the earlier hoard of guns they impounded there’s also a sea mine. When the elder gets thrown into the room he hits the mine, it activates and kaboom! The station’s blown up.
All in all a great funny British comedy / action, significantly more to the stupid funny with some great action scenes – not a bad watch at all. Play the online game here!
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