Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)
Delivering Justice One Shell at a Time!
Jason Eisener’s Hobo With A Shotgun had a long history before making it’s way to our screens and video stores as it was adapted from a fake trailer Eisener put together for the 2007 Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodrigues flick Grindhouse, which didn’t make the final cut. The trailer featured different actors and shots, but eventually became popular amongst the online community, which eventually lead to the actual film being made. David Brunt, who played the original Hobo was replaced with the brilliant Rutger Hauer and the rest is film history.
Hobo With A Shotgun is an excellent homage to 70s exploitation films with enough blood, splatter and over exaggerated performances to keep most fans satisfied. The film revolves around a hobo (played by Rutger Hauer) who rides to Fuck Town, the unhappiest place on earth, in a train, in search of a better life and a lawnmower for some unknown reason. He discovers that the town is ruled by Drake (Brian Downey), a crimelord with the attitude of a game show host, and his two sons Slick (Gregory Smith) and Ivan (Nick Bateman). The hobo quickly finds out that the town’s folk are in hell and tries to put a stop to Drake’s rain with the help of a gold-hearted hooker (Molly Dunsworth) and a shotgun.
The rest pretty much has to be seen to be believed as Hobo With A Shotgun has no quams offending viewers with it’s gratuitous in-your-face violence, outrageous characters and it’s outright nastiness. All the actor’s performances are pretty much spot on with Hauer’s low-key, yet insanely excellent hobo working well alongside the excentric performance by Downey. All in all most works for the film, with it’s rich, vibrant colours and awesome soundtrack adding to the explotation effect Eisener was going for. Even the song that plays over the end credits “Run With Us” by Lisa Lougheed, works perfectly with the picture, giving viewers a nestalgic feeling as the final credits roll. It was originally written as the theme song for the animated series The Raccoons, which like this film, was produced in Canada.
Jason Eisener’s Hobo With A Shotgun is an excellent peice of explotation cinema, probably one of the best out there, it’s the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in a while, it is well acted, written and paced, isn’t a minute longer than it needs to be and will have you aching with laughter if you’re sick enough to enjoy the insanity.
4 / 5 – Recommended
Reviewed by Mr. Movie
Hobo With A Shotgun is released through Transmission Films Australia