Hobo with a Shotgun tells the story of a man who has seen enough. He’s taken all he can stand and he can’t stands no more. An old train hopper stumbles upon the town of Hopeville and finds it to be brimming over with crime and violence, mostly due to the vice grip a crimelord named The Drake has on the town. He just looks the other way, but, after a couple days in this lovely town, just can’t take it anymore. So, he goes down to the local pawnshop, buys a shotgun and starts “cleaning up the streets.”
Hobo with a Shotgun is a spoof of those grindhouse movies from the 70’s and 80’s that, usually, prominently featured vengeance, blood and any other exploitative, scandalous thing they could pack into 90 minutes. Problem is, the only good spoofs are those that show a real affection for the genre and aren’t just mocking it (for a great example, please see Black Dynamite, actually, just go see Black Dynamite either way). This movie is not that kind of spoof. They are clearly just mocking those action movies that now populate $1 bins across the country. Everything is over the top, the writing is just awful, the acting awful, the effects are ridiculous and the movie seems to have no point whatsoever. Then again, I did kind of enjoy it. call me sick, but maybe that’s why I can’t resist those $1 bins and half my movie collection is made up of movies where people’s heads explode following a punch or where the dialogue is laughable. So, in the end, if you love those trashy old movies and this one happens to be on late night cable, give it a view, but otherwise, just go rent Ricky Oh or Death Race 2000. That said, I gotta admit, the music for Hobo was spot on perfect.