Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Yesterday, I had the luck of convincing a few friends to come see Hobo with a Shotgun at The Times Cinema in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I missed opening weekend because I was out at the Indy 500 on Memorial Day. Opening weekend received such a great response, that The Times brought it back for a second weekend. It was a dream come true. The only trouble was calling up a bunch of friends and begging them to come.

When walking in, I had no clue what to expect. I was more focused on the fact that we could get kicked out any second, not only because we were under-age (according to The Bible), but because my friends and I shoved a bunch of drinks and snacks from the gas station into two little bags. The Times Cinema showed some hilarious fake trailers, many I believe from the Tarantino/Rodriguez GRINDHOUSE Double Feature. They also showed the original fake trailer for Hobo with a Shotgun, which was a no-budget trailer contest entry at South by Southwest.

The film began with “the hobo”, played by Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher), arriving in his new city by train. After only a day of life on the streets, he realizes that he has arrived in the city of “F*** TOWN”, where the safest job is prostitution. While at the pawn shop to buy a lawnmower (49.99), Hauer is faced against a gang of robbers, and instead buys the shotgun (priced at 49.99). After a bad experience with the police, the hobo has to take the law into his own hands and kill off all of the corrupt citizens. I’d love to go further with the plot, but there’s really not much more to it. If you want to see it, you can see it.

Anyway, I LOVED it. It was by far the best (fake) “grindhouse” movie made with a decent budget (According to IMDb, an estimation of $3 million). From the first death to the last death, I don’t think I went 3 minutes without seeing some sort of major special effect involving blood. Most of the effects appeared to be practically done, which I absolutely love.

The ONLY part I didn’t like, and I mean ONLY… Is a scene where the two bad guys set fire to a bus of young children. I don’t care about how offensive this scene was, I just didn’t like how it was pulled off. The fire looked ridiculous and it showed the two guys’ faces while they were setting fire. You could see waves of fire in front of the guys’ faces and it just looked like Harry Potter-quality special effects. It tried to make them look too cool. I think if something offensive is happening in the movie, you may as well show it, because the entire audience could imagine what the bus probably looked like while it was burning.

Despite that corny scene, I’d have to say that this was a fun movie. No other words, just fun as hell! Go see it… especially now that it’s on video!