Movie Review: Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Movie Review: Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)A vigilante homeless man pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city’s crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and even a pedophile Santa, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how – with a 20-gauge shotgun. Mayhem ensues when he tries to make things better for the future generation. Street justice will indeed prevail.

Director: Jason Eisener
Writers: John Davies , Jason Eisener (story)
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith and Molly Dunsworth

Based on the highly successful trailer of the same name, we get Hobo with a Shotgun by Jason Eisener, which feels like an even bloodier version of Robocop or Mad Max. Meant to push the envelope on many levels, it brings much more to the table than just a splatterfest or a splatter comedy.

Call me one of the people that was excitedly waiting for this movie. It looked highly entertaining and, of course, starred one of my favorite actors, Rutger Hauer. To be honest, I was not sure what to expect out of the film. I knew it would be bloody and over the top, but was not sure if the movie would be something that I could really get behind. Thankfully, it was. Not only was it entertaining, but the writing was smart and the direction was more than adequate with interesting camera shots and angles throughout.

First and foremost, we have Rutger Hauer playing The Hobo. I could not picture anyone else fitting in this role. He played the role to perfection. His witty comments fit perfectly within the insanity that was Hobo with a Shotgun. His manly persona rivals that of Chuck Norris (alright, I am stretching the truth a little on that one).

The kills in this film are over the top to say the least, and if you have morals or a conscious, you may want to check it at the door for this one. From the slaughtering of children on a school bus to the killing of anyone and everyone in the film, you have to watch the film with a grain (or a pound) of salt.

While I will not say that the film is the greatest thing since sliced bread, it is wildly entertaining and, I believe, will achieve cult status in no time. I cannot wait for people to start seeing this one. If you have seen it, let me know your thoughts.


  • Brad

    I loved this movie. They hit the nail on the head with the gore,over the top acting, political incorrectness and with Rutger as the Hobo. I would like to see a movie about the Plague those two were insane. This would have been perfect as a grindhouse double feature with Thanksgiving if they could ever get it off the ground.

  • I just watched this one this week. I loved it. MOTHER TERRESA IS A GODDAMN SAINT.