If you liked Grindhouse (Planet Terror + Death Proof and assorted trailers) and Machete, you will love Canadian-born Hobo With A Shotgun. And if you happen to notice a few of your friends from Trailer Park Boys (Ricky aka Robb Wells as well as Sam Losco and the courtroom judge) that's because it was filmed in Nova Scotia. And if you're wondering why co-star Molly Dunsworth looks so familiar, there's a good reason. She is the daughter of John Dunsworth (Jim Lahey) and sister of Sarah E. Dunsworth (Sarah). There's lots of Trailer Park lineage in this movie.
However, that is where the comparisons end. When the Hobo (no name!) shows up in Hope Town (renamed Scum Town) he immediately notices something amiss: Gangs and prostitutes running wild. Then he bears witness to Logan's (Robb Wells) brutal death by the hands of his own brother and nephews (by decapitation no less) and realizes that this town truly is scum town.
What follows is a bloody cartoon-violent spectacle that really has no socially redeeming value, other than evil is evil and must be punished. The town is run by The Drake and his two nephews, Slick and Ivan, who make rape and murder a part of daily life. Torching a school bus full of kids just to keep the town in line is nothing to these guys. Although a certain hobo might have something to say about it....
This hobo doesn't want to be a part of the violence. All he wants is $50 to buy a lawnmower and start his own business. After earning the $50 (in a Bum Fights style video) he has a change of heart, thanks to prostitute Abby (Dunsworth). The shotgun is also $50 and he's just the right man to clean up this town.
You will see intestines, blood, gore, and plenty of sharp objects. This hobo takes no prisoners -- but neither do his foes! Can the hobo clean up this town? He will be up against he match when The Plague (a mysterious supernatural armored duo) show up to do him in....
Hobo With A Shotgun is loaded (pun intended) with extras including two audio commentaries and an alternate ending that I prefer to the real one. You also get the original trailer (with Mike Jackson also of Trailer Park Boys) that started it all. You can't go wrong with this purchase.
While the acting in Hobo With A Shotgun is amature and over the top, Rutger Hauer keeps it grizzled and serious, turning in ironically one of the best performances of his career! If there ever was a grizzled action star ready to fill the retired shoes of Clint Eastwood, it's Rutger Hauer. He is deserving of a major, major comeback and this performance proves it.
4 stars. Not for the weak of heart.