86 min., 2011
Written by John Davies
Directed by Jason Eisener
My rating: ★★★★★
A great gorefest with a great plot! A true oddity!
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The movie begins with a hobo (Rutger Hauer) on a train. He ends up in Hope Town, where the crime is over the top and no one seems to care about anyone but themselves. As he walks around town he sees a bunch of crap that just starts to piss him off. He finally sees a man come running around the corner with a manhole cover around his neck and his arms bound. A car and truck pull up and they announce who they are. The Drake (Brian Downey) is the main man behind what’s going on around town, along with his two sons, Slick (Gregory Smith) and Ivan (Nick Bateman). They push the man into a manhole and put a noose of barbed wire around his neck. They drive a truck away and it takes off his head. The Drake goes into a speech about how great he is and how he gives people what they want to see. A little later we meet Abby (Molly Dunsworth) who is a prostitute and she gets mixed up with Slick until the hobo comes and saves her. He has finally had enough and is looking to end things…with a shotgun. And all he wanted was a simple lawnmower.
The one thing that surprised me the most was the acting. I wasn’t expecting anything but tons of gore and nothing more. I have always liked Rutger Hauer ever since I saw him in The Hitcher. But a movie called Hobo With A Shotgun doesn’t shout good acting. Surprisingly everyone is at his or her best with even the smaller roles played to perfection. Ruger Hauer gives a performance that is both an ass kicker and a caring father type. He does both without a single problem. Molly Dunsworth also brings in a top of the line performance looking extremely innocent and then turning into a bad ass herself. Then we have the scumbag villains, Slick, Ivan and The Drake. These are some of the best (and over the top) villains that I’ve seen in a long time. They aren’t like the modern villains where they are extremely badass, except when it comes to kids. They will kill everyone, but the kids always seem to survive. Not in this movie! No one is safe in this film! Villains shouldn’t have a heart, unless they are going to have a turn around in the end. These guys are scumbags and that’s all.
The gore effects are so good in this movie. They are over the top and completely crazy. Heads explode, hands get chopped to bits, people get cut open with a bat covered in razor blades, shotguns blow open peoples stomachs, saws cut necks and a man pops out of a dead cop’s corpse. Who could ask for more? They fill the empty void that has been in me ever since movies have moved into the realm of realism. People are always complaining about how much gore modern movies have and that they can’t believe how much we can get away with now. But if you look back to the 70’s and 80’s the gore was ten steps above where we are at now. The effects look more realistic now, but they are a lot more reserved. I haven’t seen a good head explosion in a long time. Where are the guts falling out of a person and hitting the floor? Now don’t get me wrong, most people will laugh at the effects, but not because they are bad, but because of how over the top they are. They are great!
Holy crap I didn’t expect this movie to be so good. It looked like a lot of fun and I was expecting nothing more than heads exploding and guts to go flying. I got exactly that, and more. There is actually a top-notch story hidden under all the gore. The hobo just wants a normal life (and job) and he finds someone that he takes care of like his own daughter. He realizes that every once in a while you do need to do things on your own and you can’t rely on anyone else. The movie really reminds me of a cross between Robocop, The Running Man and Falling Down. You have the craziness of the city (Robocop), the over-the-top game show host (The Running Man) and a man that finally has enough and fights back (Falling Down). I suggest this movie to everyone, that is everyone except for those who can’t handle gore. I also love the 70’s/80’s feel of the movie. The look, effects and setting all scream 80’s and I love it!Have You Read...?