‘Hobo With A Shotgun’ sees vigilante cinema going truly mad

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A homeless dude with a sense of morale witnesses one too many injustices around him – including several horrific murders, the brutal treatment of prostitutes in his neighbourhood, and the corrupt goings-on amongst police – deciding, then, to take the law into his own hands. Caught in the middle of an armed robbery in a pawn shop, he whips a shotgun off the wall, loads it with bullets, and begins a non-stop rampage of cleaning the streets of human scum.

The opening scene alone of Hobo With A Shotgun is one of the most gory put to celluloid, with its victim shoved into a sewerage hole, his head poking out, barbed wire wrapped around his neck with a rope attached to it and a car, which is sped away, ripping the head off in an instant. To match the excessive blood, gore and delirious sentiment, Canadian director Jason Eisener fills the screen of his debut grindhouse movie with highly saturated images: the reddest reds and soylent greens juxtaposed by bruised blues and jaundice yellows.

Eisener’s story about a beggar who gives up pleading and demands real change is what Michael Douglas in ‘Falling’ might have come across had Quentin Tarantino directed that other flick of extreme vigilante proportions.

Rutger Hauer (of Bladerunner fame) is the Hobo in title, adding gravitas to an otherwise over-the-top film that will surely go on to earn major cult status. Not one for the faint at heart.


Hobo With A Shotgun is out on Blu-ray and DVD through
Paramount Home Entertainment.