The Phoenix Network:
About  |  Advertise
Adult  |  Moonsigns  |  Band Guide  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures
Features  |  Reviews

Review: Hobo With A Shotgun

Gut-wrenching rhythms
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2011
3.0 3.0 Stars

Like Machete, Jason Eisener's danse macabre started as a two-minute faux trailer in Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse. In order to stretch it to feature length, he ups the outrage, incinerating a school bus full of children, for example, and having someone get stabbed by an exposed ulna. It's funny for a while, but then it's something else. As is Rutger Hauer as the title bum. When he gets off the train in Hope City, all he wants to do is buy a lawnmower and start a new life. He should have seen his error as soon as he noticed "Hope" painted over with "Scum" on the town's welcome sign. Too late, he's involved, and armed with a 12-gauge, he goes about to set things right. Eisener has a knack for the assaultive images and gut-wrenching rhythms of this kind of movie. Mostly, though, it's thanks to Hauer that the film transcends its origins; his performance combines Clint Eastwood in High PlainsDrifter with Lloyd Bridges in Airplane! He's a messiah for our times: ecce hobo.

Related: Review: 13 Assassins, Review: The Double Hour, Review: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Movies, Film reviews, Kendall Square Cinema,  More more >
| More
Add Comment
HTML Prohibited

 Friends' Activity   Popular   Most Viewed 
[ 05/30 ]   Big Freedia + Javelin + What Cheer? Brigade  @ Brighton Music Hall
[ 05/30 ]   The Wombats  @ Hurricane O'Reilly's
[ 05/30 ]   "Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey"  @ Boston Athenæum
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: L'AMOUR FOU  |  May 26, 2011
    Pierre Thoretton's lugubrious portrait of the late Yves Saint Laurent (he died in 2008) begins with a 2002 press conference in which the iconic designer announced his retirement from the world of fashion.
  •   REVIEW: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS  |  May 26, 2011
    Yet this tartly ironic tour of the Modernist playground of '20s Paris is his funniest movie since Deconstructing Harry (1997), the last time he indulged in such a playful conceit.
  •   REVIEW: HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN  |  May 26, 2011
    Like Machete , Jason Eisener's danse macabre started as a two-minute faux trailer in Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse .
  •   REVIEW: THE HANGOVER PART II  |  May 26, 2011
    Amnesia might be the key to enjoying Todd Phillips's reprise of his 2009 hit comedy, since it follows by rote the formula set up in the original.
    Fight sequences and jingoism propel Andrew Lau's period martial-arts melodrama, a formula that can be irresistible despite one's better judgment.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH

RSS Feed of for the most popular articles
 Most Viewed   Most Emailed 

  |  Sign In  |  Register
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
Copyright © 2011 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group