Hobo With a Shotgun: nauseatingly violent sleaze

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O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th St.
Miami, FL 33127

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

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Starring Rutger Hauer, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, and Nick Bateman. Directed by Jason Eisener. Written by John Davies, Jason Eisener, and Rob Cotterill. 86 minutes. Not rated. Thursday through Sunday at O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-571-9970; o-cinema.org.

Pick a reason to balk at this spot-on, garishly threadbare paean to '80s no-budget sleaze: It apes a genre that was already creaky when its director/co-writer, Jason Eisener, was still in nappies; it's nauseatingly violent; it began life (and arguably should've finished it) as a mock trailer for faux-grindhouse gazillionaires Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez; it's Canadian. But all of that is moot, because Hobo With a Shotgun exists solely to push buttons — and besides, if the sainted Roger Corman used to make movies based on nothing but a title, why can't Eisener? As its title says, Hobo concerns a nameless tramp (game and gamy Rutger Hauer) whose harsh treatment in a city ruled by an underworld honcho (Brian Downey) and his two sadistic sons (Gregory Smith and Nick Bateman) sends him on a pump-action justice spree. Searching for something redeeming among the gushing arteries, oozing innards, and cleaved noggins that are Hobo's text and subtext: There's at least a hero who looks out for society's castoffs. Then again, the setup could also be read as an allegory of/justification for Dubya's invasion of Iraq (think about it), but that presumes more of an engagement with the noncinematic world than Hobo ever really displays.

 
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