Looking for the next deep, introspective look at the seedy underbelly of society? Keep looking.
I went in expecting a seedy, gritty – and perhaps tongue-in-cheek – update of “Falling Down”. That is exactly the wrong mindset to have. “Hobo With a Shotgun” is a rollercoaster ride through the world of exploitation and grindhouse that veers heavily into spoof territory. Rutger Hauer roams a dystopian landscape dealing out his own brand of justice and rising from hobo to hero while taking on the Man.
Everything about this film is over the top, but those involved had the good sense to embrace that. Every topic that they tackle in this film has been handled better elsewhere – but not more memorably.
If you like your plots thin, your killing bloody and your violence taken to ridiculous extremes, then this is one not to miss. “Hobo With a Shotgun” stands alone because there actually is a story buried in all the muck and a lot of us really can put ourselves into his shoes.