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Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)

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Hobo with a...um, babies.

I went into Hobo with a Shotgun expecting it to be nothing more than a silly, bloody revenge story, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

Rutger Hauer plays the titular hobo who is tired of a life riding the rails and looking to settle down and start a legitimate business.  Unfortunately he gets off the train in Scum Town, a place filled with the absolute worst of humanity, where life is cheap.  Pulling the strings are Drake (Brian Downey) and his two sons, a family of sleazy mobsters who run the town like their own personal game show.

It doesn't take the hobo long to realize that he's the only one who can clean up this town, and he starts cleaning up the streets with, well, I think you get the idea.  Anyone who has seen the official trailer, or at least the original parody trailer that was released with Grindhouse, shouldn't find any surprises here.

Just relaxin'! No, that's not it... Just chillin'! No, damnit!....Uh...

As such, Hobo is more parody than it is homage, and that's probably its saving grace.  Unlike a lot of recent, low-budget films that have started off as serious venture only to try to laugh it off as "intentionally bad" once the gets panned by critics (i.e. The Room), Hobo is built from the ground up as a comedy.  Writer/director Jason Eisener clearly knows his subject matter, and delights in having fun with it.  The sheer amount of blood and gore in the film is hilarious, and shows that this movie is more comparable to the Evil Dead series than more 'serious' gore-films such as the Hostel or Saw series.

As bad as the dialog is in Hobo, it's hard to call any of the acting such.  Everyone involved seemed very aware of the type of film they were making, so while it seemed like the actors were trying to "out-ham" each other in every scene, their sincerity really worked for the overall tone of the film.

My one qualm with the dialog was the inclusion of not one, but two goofy, morality-driven hero speeches, a la Independence Day, Armageddon or pretty much any big blockbuster from the '90's.  One would have been sufficient for parody, but two just felt excessive.

The collar keeps him from biting his stitches.

Hobo with a Shotgun never takes itself seriously, and as no one really should.  It's violent, it's bloody,  and it's morally reprehensible, but Hobo isn't the sort of movie that you go to hoping to learn a life lesson.  Hobo with a Shotgun is all about having stupid, violent fun.

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Posted by Jacob

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