A vigilante homeless man pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city's crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and even a pedophile Santa, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how - with a 20-gauge shotgun. Mayhem ensues when he tries to make things better for the future generation. Street justice will indeed prevail. Written by
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There are all types of films I love, from Sergio Leone classics to the Lloyd Kaufmann Troma flicks of years past and present. Hell, as an indie filmmaker myself it is always nice to turn to indie genre cinema to see what the low budget guys are churning out because in the plethora of these films a few gems stick out from time to time... HOBO is one of those gems.
Hollywood as watered us down year after year with sequels, remakes, and just plain garbage, and the true visceral hardcore cinema us Generations X-er's grew up on has been long gone, unless you're a gen x-er who dabbles in independent filmmaking.
HOBO, the new feature film based upon the Canadian Faux Grindhouse trailer attached to the Canadian prints of Grindhouse is now making waves left and right around the world.
Rutger Hauer, in top form, is a homeless man who strolls on into to Hope Town, a crime ridden haven that would most likely be compared to Hell on Earth.
HOBO, goes completely over the top, and I mean completely over. It crosses plenty of boundaries that have made people stand-up and cheer, or jeer depending on your particular stance on the subject matter at hand.
Is HOBO a social commentary on today's world... Maybe. I didn't go into HOBO expecting some type of commentary, I went into it hoping for some entertainment and it delivered. Now I will say that HOBO might not been as good without RUTGER... the film does meander at times and some of the other performances, while cringe worthy, do help this cheesy exploitation flick, but it is RUTGER who really makes the film become remember-able.
The film does have some moments that most people would immediately criticize as shoddy filmmaking, but they in fact add to the indie nature of the film. A couple of times I did see some fundamental filmmaking rules broken, but my response to that is... who decided these rules are in fact "The Rules" I myself break a lot of the rules, 180, CU, MCU, establishing shots etc... why do I break'em... because I don't care, and neither should anyone else.
Genre film audiences I think will truly enjoy HOBO... however, the more mainstream crowd is going to immediately switch this off because of the violence/exploitative nature of the material... which is a shame because HOBO is probably one of the best VIGILANTE films ever made. I kid you not. For any person who has been fed up with the day to day life of crime and other issues in their world, HOBO helps you feel like you got the revenge you have so wanted but are unable to act upon because in reality... jail may not be your singular goal in life.
HOBO is definitely not for the faint of heart. So those with weak stomach's should seriously avoid this film... but it will be a sad loss because if you enjoy over the top action, you get your fill here frame after frame after frame.
So from one indie filmmaker to another... thumbs up cast & crew of HOBO. JOB WELL DONE
Gary Ugarek 8 stars out of 10.
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