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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Movie Review # 155 Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)

Release: 2011
Director: Jason Eisener
Writer(s): Jason Eisener, John Davies,  Rob Cotterill
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Rob Wells

Rotten Tomatoes: 67% Fresh Critics 64% Fresh Audience
IMDb: 6.4/10
Netflix: 3.4 Stars

What is there to say about a vigilante Hobo who is out to clean up the town he rode into? Well how about completely freaking amazing! Yes I am excited about writing this review. Yes I enjoyed this over the top homage to the grind-house classics of the 70's and the 80's. It is just a ridiculous rampage of carnage, gore and explosive entrails. It is exactly what I expected and more.

Now I will say this. It is a paper thin plot with cliched characterizations of villains and vigilante justice. I just could not care less as this movie gets more and more insane as it goes on. From beheadings, to lawnmower dismemberment to heads exploding. This movie covers everything in buckets and buckets of blood. Which makes this movie not for the squeamish in the least.

Now if you are one who revels in the gore, pain and agony of mankind. This movie is not only perfect for you. It is going to be a delight and it was for me. Not to say I do not have a love for my fellow mankind. I just agreed with the principles of the Hobo. Which are to clean up the streets that he lives on and to take down the tyrant who runs FuckTown.

All the while he is doing his best to keep his humanity and not became what he is fighting against. It is simple and to the point and never waivers other than his interest in the one he calls the school teacher. Who helps the Hobo out after he helped her. It never develops into a love interest but more into a father daughter or grandfather daughter relationship. It is also provides the heartfelt cushy moments and some of the better acting scene through out the movie.

Now if you go into this thinking that the acting will be Oscar worthy or a wonderful script, plot or anything really dramatic. You my friend have no idea what you stumble into and probably will not enjoy a simple movie of revenge and carnage. Which is all "Hobo with a Shotgun" is. He is the anti-hero who is more similar to Marvel's "Punisher" than anything out there. But unlike the Punisher the Hobo just wants to cut yards and make a living.

Sadly he just happened to ride into town that is called FuckTown and all its problems. So what is a Hobo to do? Well how about taking out the garbage one shell at a time? Because that is what he does and he took my heart away as I fell in love with the Hobo and his shotgun!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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