Best thing about Hobo with a Shotgun is that I thought Rutger Hauer was the only one who did any kind of real acting, he was great. The movie disappointed me, mainly because it felt like a Troma film. And really, Hobo With a Shotgun is equal to anything Troma did in terms of budget, acting, and nutso gore. I'm not saying it was horribly bad, I found it funny, extremely over the top, and ridiculously fun, but I also knew what to expect. I just really wasn't that impressed by it in terms of mature film-making. There's a reason why Grindhouse style films like Machete & Planet Terror work and this one doesn't, and it's because those films didn't outright treat the subject matter as ridiculous or as a joke, even though you know that they are overblown and over the top. Hobo just came off as though it took itself as a joke and built a film around it. The movie borrows heavily on the early 80's direct-to-video releases, and it does it quite well in that retrospect, but because it's way more laughable than remotely plausable, It was hard to latch onto. This film would probably be a hit with most Fantasia Festival audiences, Troma film fans and die-hard fans of the genre. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Grindhouse genre films and I didn't hate it, but really didn't love it. Would I see it again? Probably not.
|6/10||nowhereboy@ - 10 reviews|
25.3.2011 - age: 36-49
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