In a future, where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, 6 people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city.
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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Rutger Hauer plays a homeless man (let's be politically correct about it!) who wonders into a cartoonishly lawless town which a local villain called Drake (Brian Downey) has in his grip, tying sewer lids around the necks of those who cross him and knocking them into the ground so their heads can be ripped off! The homeless man decides to take a stand and takes to wiping all the filth off the streets with a shotgun, while trying to help a sympathetic hooker named Abby (Molly Dunsworth) get off the game.
Always such pleasant affairs these Grindhouse entries, Jason Eisener's film revels in trash, exploitation and blood splattered violence like no other. Somehow, though, it doesn't manage to come off as any fun at all. It's all just such a hard, full on assault on the senses that it has no effect at all, one of the worst of the 'Grindhouse' entries. Though his career descended into DTV hell after The Hitcher, Hauer has always had a decent charm and presence in these kinds of movies, and it's nice to see him return in quite a 'big' film, but there isn't the material here to raise him to the heights he could go, and maybe he knows it. Although it does seem as if the role's been catered to him a bit, as it feels, especially towards the end, to be in the style of an 80s film, which were his forte, but it's no less of an unrewarding experience.
It will probably get an appreciation among the hardcore of those who love this sort of thing, but I found this hobo with a shotgun to misfire quite badly. *
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