Just Look Away

Posted on April 22, 2011

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Hobo with a Shotgun

“I’m gonna sleep in your bloody carcasses tonight!”

This 2011 action/comedy/crime movie has an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where 91% of the audience wants to see it (apparently they didn’t realize that Comcast showed it On Demand). It may be the best-reviewed, and most anticipated, film to make this blog.

Why Bother?

“I just tell my brain when I know I’m hurting. I just say I got nothing for you buddy… Nothing to make it go away, so just go to hell. And he goes. He’s like a brother to me now and brothers fight sometimes.”

This movie started as a joke trailer included in the Quentin Tarantine/Robert Rodriguez double feature, Grindhouse. It stars Rutger Hauer (BladeRunner, Sin City, The Hitcher, Batman Begins, and many more) as the titular hobo.

The movie and the fake trailer have different casts, but the same three Canadian filmmakers made both.

I watched it

“Lock him up with the sodomites and get me the goddamn chief of police!”

Rutger Hauer plays the nameless hobo, who comes to a town overrun by criminals and degenerates. He tries to ignore it and go his own way, trying to earn enough money to buy a lawnmower so he can start his own landscaping business. When some thugs threaten a mother and child in the pawnshop where the hobo is fawning over a lawnmower, he snaps. Taking a shotgun down from the wall, he kills the thugs and goes on a vigilante rampage.

The Verdict

This movie is over-the-top violent and gory. None of it is particularly realistic. The source material (gory grindhouse vigilante films) is evident in every fake tooth, too-red blood, and carefully placed prop that hides the actual impact of a blow or bullet.

If you don’t like violence of can’t handle gore, then you need to avoid this film like the plague. If you can handle that, this movie has some things to say about how we treat the homeless, and “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

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