Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hobo with a Shotgun - DVD Review

Starring Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey and Nick Bateman.  Directed by Jason Eisener.

I loved the opening credits.  Total late-1970's vibe.  I know Quentin Tarantino does the same thing, but it didn't feel like a ripoff.  It felt like its own thing.  "This is the movie we're doing; this is the mood we want to establish."  Most of it involved following Hobo (Rutger Hauer) on a train.

But about five minutes later, the villains show up, and now we're in the section of the 1970's I don't want to relive.  Over-the-top, cackling, bad-acting villains begging to get killed, the kind that the MST3K crowd would have a party with.  Whereever Hobo lives, it's some sort of Escape From New York meets A Clockwork Orange meets RoboCop 2 meets Repo Men hellhole where evil people can torture and kill whoever they want and no one will stand up to them.  Judging by the soundtrack and the prolific use of VHS tapes by the citizenry, I'm going to guess it was supposed to take place in 1983.

Anyway, when Hobo goes to the police, they reveal themselves to be complicit and corrupt. Laughing maniacally while revelling in their corruption, those wacky coppers they.

The movie wallows in filth with no redeeming social value.  After a while I just fast-forwarded to the end to see how it concludes, and that was enough for me.  Anyone upset I didn't watch the whole thing?  You'll be upset with yourself if you watch it at all.

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