Sunday, 26 February 2012

Hobo With A Shotgun - Movie Review

This is one sick, dark and twisted movie. Contains possible spoilers and not for the squeamish or faint of heart.


A vigilante homeless man arrives into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city's crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops and abused prostitutes, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how - with a 20-gauge shotgun. Mayhem ensues when he tries to make things better for the future generation.

Who's In It

Rutger Hauer! Playing the role of the hobo who decides to clean up the city by delivering justice one shotgun shell at a time.
A bunch of other Canadian actors I didn't recognise and not really worth mentioning.

What I Thought

The first thing that hits you about Hobo With A Shotgun is the bright colour filter that is applied over the entire length of the film. It really adds a unique feel to the whole look of the crime ridden world the hobo enters.

Screw food, I'm buying a shotgun
The next thing that hits you is that this is that Hopetown is a bad place to live. This is one dark, sick and twisted film. There are some truly macabre scenes in this film that will have you questioning the mind of the writer who came up with the script. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what you've be getting into if you watch this:

  • A guys head is pulled off his body by a car, upon which a girl in a white bikini showers herself in the fountain of blood that explodes from his corpse.
  • Another guy's head explodes into another shower of blood when two bumper cars ram into it from either side. 
  • Three topless women beating a guy hanging upside down with baseball bats. 
  • One of the main bad guys torching a bus load of kids with a flamethrower, from the inside so they can't escape.
  • A mother and her child, hiding in a dumpster, are torched when a molotov cocktail is thrown inside (see trailer).
  • One of the main bad guys gets electrocuted when he tries to kick the hobo with a ice skate and the hobo defends himself with a toaster.
  • A pedophile Santa with a kid in the backseat of his car (see trailer).

There are loads more scenes like this in the film, so don't feel like I've spoiled it for you. It's worth watching it just to see these totally over the top scenes I've mentioned.

Winner of the invisible shirt contest
Even though it is sick and twisted, it works really well as it recreates the feel of those early exaggerated 80's action films. The bad guys wear black and white clothes and it makes them look like they're characters out of a video game or comic. Their car sounds like a rocket ship as it drives around and the doors open gull wing style, reminiscent of Back To The Future's de Lorean. The music is also excellent for the setting of the era of the film.

Memorable Quotes

There are a few chauvinistic lines in this film. Here are a few of those and some other classics:
  • "Go the fuck home everybody, and don't forget to wash your dicks."
  • "What did you say?"
    "I said let it slide."
    "The only thing I'm going to let slide is my dick in your pussy."
  • "Do you know how I can tell I'm making you wet?"
    "Because you're making my dick thirsty."
  • "First I gotta wash this guys asshole off my face."
  • "You can't solve all the worlds problems with a shotgun."
    "It's all I know."
  • "Get tour hands off me, you're crushing my smokes!"


Must be seen if you're an 80's fan and like your action movies with loads of unbelievable blood and guts spraying everywhere


Give you a feel of what Hobo With A Shotgun has to deliver

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