Monthly Archives: September 2011

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Starring: Rutger Hauer Directed by: Jason Eisener Rating: NR for violent shenanigans and gore.

For those of you who thought Snakes On A Plane was the first movie where title told the public what to expect from the film before they even bought a ticket (snakes, planes, do the math) I have some very bad news for you.

You couldn’t be more wrong. I hate you.

No, no, no…come back here, I don’t hate you. I was just kidding. We cool?

For my money no other film title tells you more about what you should expect to see than Hobo with a Shotgun, because the movie is about a Hobo with a shotgun.
It must have been the fastest pitch meeting in Hollywood history when they shopped around the idea for Hobo with a Shotgun:

MOVIE STUDIO GUY – Got any good ideas for a movie?

PRODUCER – Okay babe, you’ll love this story. It’s about this hobo..

MOVIE STUDIO GUY – A drama about the homeless, a man struggling on the streets, trying to get his life back on track. It tugs at the heart strings and makes you think. I like it. But it needs something…

PRODUCER – Did I mention he has a shotgun?

MOVIE STUDIO GUY – No way!

PRODUCER – Yes way!

MOVIE STUDIO GUY – Now I love it! Here’s a lot of money!

And that’s exactly how movies are made.

On a beautiful sunny morning a hobo (Rutger Hauer) hops off a freight train at the outskirts of Hope Town, a filthy  hamlet with graffiti on the walls and lawbreaking scum running wild in the streets, which leaves the citizens despondent and the restaurants with disappointing  Zagat ratings.

The poor hobo has a dream of buying a lawnmower and spending his retirement years cutting lawns in the burbs, but a local crime boss named The Drake and his homicidal sons also have a dream, and theirs involves slaughtering the heck out of every living breathing person in the city, including a local prostitute (Molly Dunsworth) the hobo befriends.

What’s  Rutger Hauer to do to solve a predicament like this?

A) Write a strongly worded letter to the local congressman.

B) Put together a “Take Back the Night” concert with local up and coming bands.

C) Grab a Remington 870 shotgun and open up an oil drum of whoopass on every scuzzball in sight.

If your answer is C, then you remembered the title of this film isn’t Hobo with a Petition.

Hobo with a Shotgun was made in the spirit of Grindhouse movies directors like Quentin Tarrentino and Robert Rodriguez think are good but in fact are just shit awful. Now before you film geeks send me angry e-mails about how those Grindhouse films are significant because they touched on zeitgiest of the cultural upheaval of the 60’s and 70’s, I repeat – Shit. Awful.

But if you’re looking to unwind with an early 80’s Death Wish inspired vigilante flick where fake blood coats an entire town in Nova Scotia (and who doesn’t?) then feel free to enjoy over the top mayhem that is Hobo with a Shotgun.

You work hard. You deserve it.

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