‘Hobo With A Shotgun’

Braxton Hunt / Washburn Review

Here you are again. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve got no cash, and nowhere to be. What could sound better than curling up and watching a good movie? Well for those of you with Netflix subscriptions (or anyone like me who just mooches off of their friend’s account), you’re in luck. There are some great, free movies out there. After about five minutes of stumbling through selections, I found a very interesting title, “Hobo with a Shotgun.” Almost immediately I began to fall in love with this movie.

The plot follows homeless hero Sam, (Rutger Hauer) as he rides the train tracks into a crime-infested town. As he makes his way around town, he witnesses a man being publicly executed by the town’s crime lord known as The Drake, (Brian Downey), and his two sons. The Hobo later witnesses The sons of The Drake, (Slick and Ivan), harassing a teenager at a local arcade. As Slick is about to abduct a local prostitute named Abby, (Molly Dunsworth), the Hobo decides enough is enough and begins to take action into his own hands.

The moment the movie begins, viewers will notice a certain cliché campiness to it all. To fans of the Grindhouse movies, (“Planet Terror,” “Death Proof,” and “Machete”), this movie should sound a bit familiar. This may be due to the fact that along with “Machete,” “Hobo with a Shotgun” was a spoof trailer made for the Grindhouse series. The film was actually released as part of the series in Canada before making its U.S. debut. Although it isn’t directed by Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez, this film falls nowhere short in the Grindhouse expectations of cliché, gory, comedic genius.

The action pulls no punches as “Hobo with a Shotgun” doles out the harshness. Between the wonderfully 80’s soundtrack, intentionally cheesy visual effects, and witty one-liners, this movie will somehow manage to tickle your funny bone and trigger your gag reflex all at once. Even if action flicks aren’t your cup of tea, this is a fun film for all audiences, (with the exclusion of children, the faint of heart, and Canadians.)

It’s not all about explosions and gore, however. The film does a fantastic job making references, throwbacks, and working in the occasional cameo appearance. Love it or leave it, I’m giving this movie two thumbs up.

If not for the mind-numbingly brutal violence, the cliché characters, and the beautifully simple one-liners, I loved “Hobo with a Shotgun” for teaching me this one life lesson: “When life gives you razor blades, you make a baseball bat…covered in razor blades.”