Friday, 5 August 2011

Hobo With A Shotgun - dvd review


Some films are violent. Some are unpleasant. Some are hilarious. Hobo With A Shogun manages to be all three.

Anyone who’s seen Machete, Planet Terror or Death Proof will know what to expect with this (and like Machete, Hobo came from a fake trailer added to the release of PT and DP). For those who haven’t seen those films, Hobo is basically a throwback/homage to the exploitation films of the 70s and 80s which means some extreme violence, lots of bad language, bad guys who are completely over the top and a prostitute with a heart of gold. If you watch this in the wrong frame of mind or expect to be able to take it seriously, you’re going to be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you have the same sense of humour as me, you’ll enjoy this a lot.

The legendary Rutger Hauter plays the Hobo, a man who ends up in what might be the most corrupt and unpleasant town in America. His plan is to get enough money together to buy a lawn mower in a pawn shop and set up a business taking care of people’s gardens. However, things don’t go to his plan. After being beaten and witnessing various horrible scenes, his purchase is a little more gun-shaped.  This is, of course, the set-up for Hauer blowing away numerous revolting characters before a showdown with the local crime outfit.

So the violence. There’s a lot of it. Some is deliberately ridiculous, some is deliberately unpleasant. One scene in particular made me cough but I suppose the point could be made it wouldn’t have been as effective if the characters involved hadn’t been…who they were. To say any more would be to spoil. All I will say is if violence isn’t your thing, you’re better off with a different film.

Overall, it was great to see Hauer chewing up his scenes and lines with obvious enjoyment. Remind me not to piss him off. Or to get the in the way of the Plague (what the hell was that tentacle thing all about…?)

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