Directed by: Jason Eisener
Genre: Action & Adventure
Violent, comedic and quite idiotic, Hobo with AShotgun has an odd plot that definitely defies itself as it progresses, but it’s violence and comedy blend together wonderfully, making it a thrilling experience. Combing gore, drama, poverty and even a little bit of sentimentality, our Hobo anti-hero wins over the audiences affection despite his need for a shower. The film has no big names or stars involved, and it makes it all the more special. This may be 2011’s most violent film, and it has a perfect blend of violence and drama that has the energy of an 80’s b-movie thriller and a touch of modern cinema.
The begins with a weary-eyed hobo who rides in to a new town via freight train for a fresh start in a new town. Instead, he lands smack-dab in the middle of an urban hell-hole, a place where the cops are crooked and the underprivileged masses are treated like insignificant animals. From here, he is in search for his dream, but things get sidetracked when he encounters the towns most powerful 'gangsters'.
The name itself is enough to put people off the film. Sounds pretty mediocre right? Well, this title describes the film greatly for the shotgun becomes the film’s motif. The society that we see is corrupt, poverty-stricken, violent and dirty beyond belief. The police are corrupt; the streets are filled with gangsters, drugs, alcohol and blood everywhere. Did I mention garbage and prostitutes?
Of course, there are places slightly similar to the area depicted here, but not to the extent that people get away with burning a school bus full of children and chopping people’s heads off with barbed wire. This is the idiotic aspect of it no doubt, but if you can ignore it and just find it amusing, you are going to have fun.
Playing the Hobo was Rutger Haur and his portrayal of this lonely, homeless and sweet man was just excellent. What makes him such an excellent character is how caring, thoughtful and sweet he is (well, for the first thirty minutes anyway). It makes you think about homeless people. Who are you to judge them without any personal appeal or knowledge of background? Many have ended up homeless for all different reasons, so it is not fair to criticise harshly without knowing.
Our homeless character rides into town on the back of a train, despises the new townspeople and has the desire to buy a lawnmower to start a business, involving cutting peoples grass. He even thought of a slogan: “You grow it. I cut it”. This dream is exposed with his friend, Abby, a prostitute with a caring heart. Lots of the things have been excellently written into the film by director and write Jason Eisener.
The story will have some people simply saying it is too corny, campy and idiotic, but if you look past its few plot flaws, you get an enjoyable concept. A homeless guy who simply gets pissed off with society and its cold and cruel ways of life. There is nothing complex or revolutionary about the film, but its plot is simple enough to work, and holds your attention from start to end with the gore, comedy and drama moments (Like when the hobo is in the hospital staring at the babies saying “you are the future”).
The film has a bloody climax and it ends perfectly. I will not describe how it ends, but it definitely labels a crumbled society, which I am sure there is nothing like the one we see. The film may not be widely smart, but its salute to b-movie exploitation thrillers is enough to amuse. The violence is absolutely wild and early into the film when we see a man’s head being chopped off with barbed wire; you know you’re in for an extra-violent film.
The reason the film has a violently expressive charm to it is how this is just a film being made for a fun ride (which it is), and it does not involve any big stars. People who simply wanted to make a film for people to enjoy have made Hobo with a Shotgun and they did a good job. I never expected this film to be one of this year’s 'better' films, but that is what it is in all honesty. It is no masterpiece, but its sentimental pieces of drama, comedic gore, and over-the-top acting with some characters is enough to keep you entertained start to end. For what it is, it deserves 7.5/10. You may say to yourself: Who ever thought you would be watching a film about a Hobo who gets revenge on society with a shotgun?
My Rating: 7.5/10
Runtime: 86 Minutes
Written by: Jason Eisener
Age Rating: Unrated
Distributed by Alliance Films and Magnet Releasing