Instant Watch Pick of the Week: Hobo With a Shotgun
When Netflix raised their rates, a lot of people complained about how the online streaming options sucked because they didn’t always include the latest and newest movies. Honestly, I didn’t understand the complaints. If you want a new movie as soon as it comes out, you have to pay more to buy it or rent it OnDemand. Netflix streaming to me is about finding movies that don’t get as much promotion or only get limited release in theaters.
Which brings me to this week’s pick of the week:
Hobo With a Shotgun
With a title like that, you should be well aware that you are entering the world. To give you even more of an idea of the type of film this is, this was one of the fake trailers that played during Robert Rodriguez and Quent Tarantino’s Grindhouse double feature. Machete, starring Danny Trejo, was the first fake trailer from that film double feature to be turned into a full feature film and Hobo With a Shotgun is the second. The Grindhouse double feature of Death Proof and Planet Terror were action exploitation films as well as Machete and Hobo With a Shotgun is no different. The movie stars Rutger Hauer as “the Hobo” whose only real dream is to get $49.99 to buy a lawnmower to start his own lawnmowing business. Unfortunately, the town he arrives in is under the control of The Drake (Brian Downey) and his two sons Ivan (Nick Bateman) and Slick (Gregory Smith). With the help of a prostitute named Abby (Molly Dunsworth), the Hobo sets out to clean up the streets and corruption with a shotgun.
If you are familiar with the other Grindhouse movies or action exploitation movies in general, then you know what you’re going to get with Hobo With a Shotgun: Gratuitous Violence. This movie is NOT for those with weak stomachs. It’s also not for those that want a PC movie. No one is safe, everyone can die….in horrible ways (including kids). It’s almost as if the makers of this movie said “fuck a plot, just kill people” when making this film. I’m almost shocked to say this but the over-the-top violence is actually kind of distracting. I saw Machete and while it was a pretty violent movie, it also had a pretty simple plot and social commentary that could be followed. Granted, Machete had a bigger budget and better actors, so I’ll take that into consideration. Over-the-top violence is the base gimmick of action exploitation movies but at times this movie almost seems to force it too much. It also has another staple of action exploitation movies, the random and absurd titty shots. I won’t give anything away, but the scene with the titties is pretty disturbing actually, but I still didn’t turn away.
Overall though, I enjoyed Hobo With a Shotgun. It has a fast pace, its violent and ridiculous. It clocks in under 1 1/2 hours so the moment you start getting that feeling of “Ok, when will this end”, it’s over. It doesn’t stand up to other exploitation films like Machete or spoofs like Black Dynamite but for a Netflix pick, it’s great fun to watch.