By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Jason Eisener
A homeless vigilante enters an ultraviolent, crime-ridden town to restore order from a family of megalomaniacal thugs. Wielding nothing but a shotgun, this ‘hobo’ terrorizes this crazed hedonistic town by disposing of drug dealers, pimps, hookers and even a pedophile Santa in the crudest of fashions.
The above description could sell this film to nearly any audience. There are very few movie goers that do not enjoy an over-the-top B movie from time to time. Once Hobo with a Shotgun has made its way past the opening credits, the acting goes from comically bad to, more or less, unenjoyable. It suffices to say that the other elements follow suit as the film progresses.
It is safe to say that this film lacks in many departments; however, this is not to say that it is all bad. Rutger Hauer plays the Hobo quite well and certainly looks the part. It almost seems as if the audience is about to begin caring about him near the film’s end. Unfortunately, these hopes are shattered by a silly, nonsense story that descends into pure fiction often during the latter half.
This film’s biggest fault is that the audience expected much more, even going so far as to call it ‘the next Evil Dead.’ While the audience expected a Tarantino style splatter film, they received a decent film worth watching that, in comparison to the hype, is fairly uninteresting.