I received a phone call from a friend the other day. He was inviting me over to watch Hobo With a Shotgun, which comes to select theaters in May but is already available On Demand. He was paying, so I watched it. The movie cost $10 via Comcast, and all I can say is thank God the grindhouse movie was billed to him and not me. Hobo with a Shotgun is one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.
For the record, I like violent movies. I like over-the-top schlock films that will do anything, from heads being ripped off to much, much worse, to get a laugh. Hobo With a Shotgun is receiving near unanimous praise from critics. I didn't get it, and I don't get it.
Hobo With a Shotgun stars Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins) as a hobo who wanders into a Mad Max-esque town overridden by gangs who kill at random, rape women and do other horrible things. Fed up, he grabs a shotgun and proceeds to go on a rampage of violence - killing anyone who gets in his way.
To dwell on the quality of direction or writing would be nonsensical, as with a movie like this sometimes the worse the better. Hell, to even attempt to explain why Hobo With a Shotgun would defeat the purpose of grindhouse movies.
But Hobo With a Shotgun is just a bad movie. The violence is ridiculous and over-the-top, which is fun at first but quickly loses its luster. After about half an hour, the picture becomes almost unwatchable as director Jason Eisener throws one horrific thing at the audience after another with little redeeming quality.
Things only go downhill from there.
Apparently, there are people in the world who see something in Hobo With a Shotgun that I don't or can't. Aside from the title, however, the movie is a waste of time and space.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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