After facing the zombies in their first movie Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg decided to satire the genre “buddy cop” in the second part of their Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy, in 2007 Warm down. The Buddy Cop setting was perfect for Pegg’s hilarious onscreen dynamic with Nick Frost.
From Danny asking Nicholas what action movies he saw at Wright reproducing a bunch of shots from those movies, Warm down contains references and Easter eggs to a bunch of beloved classics of the genre.
11 The French Connection (1971)
that of William Friedkin The French connection is one of the most acclaimed crime thrillers of all time. Gene Hackman plays Popeye Doyle, a New York detective who ruthlessly pursues a French heroin smuggler. It has one of the biggest car chases ever to be filmed and an ambiguous ending that has sparked decades of discussion.
There is a brief flashback in Warm down in which a Peter Jackson cameo, disguised as Santa Claus, stabs Nicholas in the hand. It’s a subtle nod to a chase scene in The French connection in which Doyle, disguised as Santa Claus, pursues a criminal, and his partner Russo is stabbed in the hand.
ten Dirty Harry (1971)
Clint Eastwood challenged Man with No Name status as his most iconic role with the titular vigilante cop in Don Siegel’s Dirty Harry. When a Zodiac-inspired serial killer arrives in San Francisco, Harry Callahan challenges his superiors (and the mayor) to bring him to justice.
When Danny lists all the essential action movies Nicholas should see in Warm down, Dirty Harry is one of the first titles to be released.
9 Death Wish (1974)
Michael Winner Death wish is the quintessential self-defense thriller, starring Charles Bronson as a New York architect who takes justice into his own hands and goes after the street gang who attacked his family.
While Warm down has no reference to the film itself, Nicholas’ line of Frank being “judge, jury and executioner” is a reference to the poster’s slogan for Death wish.
8 Mad Max (1979)
While George Miller is later Mad Max The films established a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of gas-guzzling villains, the 1979 original was a dystopian thriller based on a cop seeking revenge in the dark and near future.
Nicholas’ long drive out of Sandford is a nod to Max’s long road to justice in Mad Max. Additionally, Wright recreates some of Miller’s photos of Max’s police car in Warm down.
7 Silent Rage (1982)
the years 1982 Silent rage is a pretty wild movie, even by Chuck Norris standards. Norris takes on the role of a sheriff who takes on a murderer who turns out to have superhuman powers that make him virtually invincible. It’s basically Chuck Norris vs. Michael Myers.
In Warm down, this is one of the DVDs that Danny picks up from the supermarket. He reads the blurb on the back and seems very interested, which is hardly surprising since the premise is great.
6 Lethal Weapon (1987)
Although it is preceded by 48 hours., ‘boyfriend cop’ tropes and conventions were set by Shane Black Deadly weapon scenario. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover’s Riggs and Murtaugh remain one of the most iconic cop buddy duos to date.
In addition to imitating the cop buddy premise, Warm down has a more specific reference to Deadly weapon. The exploded water pipe highlighting Nicholas ‘climactic fight with Skinner in the model village mirrors the sprinkler on Murtaugh’s lawn accentuating Riggs’ climactic fight with Gary Busey’s Mr. Joshua. In addition, the birth announcement of twins Martin and Roger refers to the first names of Riggs and Murtaugh.
5 Die Hard (1988)
that of John McTiernan Die hard is widely regarded as one of the greatest action movies ever to be made, with some fans of the genre even giving it the No. 1 spot. Bruce Willis plays John McClane as a flawed common man, who provided a pleasant and relevant counterpoint to the muscular superhumans who dominated 80s action cinema.
There are no specific plans or lines of Die hard in Warm down, but it’s one of the many action movies mentioned when Danny asks Nicholas which of the genre classics he’s seen.
4 Breaking Point (1991)
Kathryn Bigelow gave Keanu Reeves her action star debut in the 1991s Breaking point. A perfect match for Patrick Swayze, Reeves plays an FBI agent who infiltrates bank robber surfers and becomes so attached to their charismatic leader that he doesn’t want to expose them.
It’s one of the movies Danny shows Nicholas after the commercial, and he recreates his favorite scene – Reeves pulling his gun in the air and saying, “Ahh!” – as his father fled in the decisive showdown.
3 Superflic (1992)
The third installment of Jackie Chan’s action-packed film Police Story series, Super-cop, is filled with breathtaking waterfalls and spectacular backdrops. It was the first Police Story film which will not be directed by Chan himself, with Stanley Tong taking the chair of the director.
This is one of the DVDs that Danny watches in the supermarket. He reads the blurb on the back and finds himself caught up in the slogan, “Meet the cop who can’t be arrested.” “
2 The Real Lies (1994)
While James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator movies are beloved classics, their spy action True lies is often forgotten. But it’s a fun action flick with a unique premise, following a secret agent (Schwarzenegger) who must hide his profession from his unsuspecting wife (Jamie Lee Curtis).
In Warm down, after Nicholas defeats Lurch by tossing him in a freezer, Danny asks him if he used the one-liner, “Cool off”. This is a reference to Schwarzenegger character Harry Tasker from True lies.
1 Bad Boys II (2003)
With nearly seven times the budget of the first, Michael Bay gave audiences the thrill of his signature “Bayhem” style of cinema with the epic sets of Bad boys II.
This is one of Danny’s favorite movies in Warm down. When he asks Nicholas which action movies he’s seen and answers ‘no’ to each one, he stops dead after asking about Bad boys II and asks incredulously: “You haven’t seen Bad boys II? “
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