Hobo with a Shotgun was everything I hoped it would be. And it was actually a little bit more. I expected blood and over the top violence, but what I also got was a compassionate side from the shotgun wielding hobo.
Having waited for Hobo to arrive at a theater near me, and be denied, I was stoked to finally get to see it after it’s release on BD earlier this month. I can tell you, I was not disappointed.
Hobo with a Shotgun opens with our protagonist entering Hopetown, although you know the movie is already going to be perfect after you notice “Hope” has been replaced with the word “Fuck”. Hobo, welcome to “Fucktown”. Our Hobo see’s drug dealing, prostitution, and horrific violence happening every where he looks. He tries to turn to the police, but quickly finds himself dealing with crooked cops and ends up literally back in the dumpster of the streets. He befriends a prostitute and takes it upon himself to be a one man shotgun toting vigilante. The rest is filled with fantastic shotgun opening chest wounds and head splattered covered walls.
The gritty grindhouse way Hobo with a Shotgun was filmed fits the movie perfectly. There’s plenty of gore, bright red blood, reminiscent (or homage) to grindhouse films of old, that sprays everywhere. The “hyper” violence is extreme, heads are smashed by bumper cars and pulled off by vehicles, a person is used as a human pinata, and there’s even a stabbing with an ice skate. I especially liked the chick in a white fur coat and bikini dancing in a dude’s decapitated shower of blood. All is topped off with the appearance of “The Plague”, one of the most bad ass villains I’ve seen since Rutger Hauer’s “Roy Batty” from Blade Runner.
But even though Hobo with a Shotgun’s strength is violence, it sneaks in some Hobo compassion. Learning all our Hobo friend want’s from life is a lawn mower…well, to mow lawns…ok, a little more ambitious, run his own business.
“You grow it, we cut it”
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