My Thoughts on Hobo with a Shotgun

Hobo with a Shotgun began life as a contest-winning faux-trailer, which showed before the Canadian prints of Grindhouse.  It told the simple, yet violent, story of a homeless man who took revenge on evil-doers with a shotgun.

The makers of the trailer decided to make into a full film, so here we are.  Ironically, this film is probably a more faithful homage to grindhouse films than Grindhouse ever was.  The film is disturbingly violent and it is for that reason, I would not rush out to see it again.

That said, Rutger Hauer rules in the role of the hobo and, despite the violence, the film has a very tongue-in-cheek tone that makes it a joy to watch (plus any film that uses the song “Run with Us,” from the TV show The Raccoons, in the end credits gets an A+ in my book).


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).