Hobo with a Shotgun

(2011)

Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime

Review: Hobo with a Shotgun

Transcript for Review: Hobo with a Shotgun

CHRISTY LEMIRE
Alright, next up is "Hobo With a Shotgun," which is about ... a hobo with a shotgun. Like "Snakes on a Plane," the title pretty much tells you all you need to know. Rutger Hauer stars in this gleefully bloody grindhouse-style film as the aforementioned hobo. He rides into town on a freight train looking to start over. But he's picked the most depressing and depraved place known to mankind.

Clip 2 -- police station

CHRISTY
Disgusted by all the dealers and junkies, pimps and prostitutes, the hobo transforms himself into a vigilante killing machine. And he becomes especially protective of a hooker with a heart of gold, played by Molly Dunsworth. Still, it's a lot of work for one guy, and despite the body count he racks up, he still feels pretty discouraged.

Clip 3 -- Hobo mumbles at babies through maternity ward window

CHRISTY
"Hobo With a Shotgun" knows exactly what it is an over-the-top genre exercise. And Hauer is actually pretty great in the kind of strong, silent role Clint Eastwood made his name on. But the movie itself is just repetitive and pointless. Once you get past the central gag you realize there's not much else to it -- no story, no momentum, just one crazy scene of carnage after another. I hate to do it, because I usually like this kind of movie, but thumbs down.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY
This is you know a gory, live-action cartoon.  It’s colorful, you know, it’s silly, it’s kind of foul mouthed and Iike it and you are wrong.

CHRISTY
I am not wrong.

IGNATIY
Oh you are wrong.

CHRISTY
I’m infrequently wrong.

IGNATIY
I know you don’t mind violence.  I know that you don’t mind kind of silly or bleak humor, so why don’t you like this?

CHRISTY
Because it’s just a nugget of an idea they’ve tried to stretch out into a feature length and there’s just no there, there.  Once you get past the idea of “oh, he’s a hobo with a shotgun, that’s kind of wacky.”  It’s just one scene of someone getting killed in some horribly brutal way…

IGNATIY
What’s wrong with that?  That sounds…

CHRISTY
Because there’s no evolution.

IGNATIY
There’s no…I mean it’s a movie about a hobo with a shotgun, does the character really need to evolve? 

CHRISTY
Does it really need to be a feature length film?  It could be a sketch.  It could be like one of those fake trailers in Grindhouse and that would be so great…

IGNATIY
Well, it was originally a fake trailer in Grindhouse.

CHRISTY
That’s perfect. That’s what it should be.  It’s a concept…

IGNATIY
No, I think stretching it out to feature length works and the reason it works is because of Rutger Hauer with those kind of crazy, intense blue eyes.  He takes this role completely seriously and sort of the intensity he brings to it…this straight-faced approach, ties it all together.

CHRISTY
But he’s the best part of the whole thing and I love him in it.

IGNATIY
If someone else was in the role, I would not like this film but and I would say that it’s the film that you say that it is, but with Hauer, Hauer is kind of the glue that ties all of these kind of unrelated, surreal, over the top scenes together.

CHRISTY
Does this function in any world outside of like midnight screenings where everyone’s hammered?

IGNATIY
I watched it in the middle of the day, stone cold sober and enjoyed it.

CHRISTY
And you are a better man for it, yes.