The movie opens as Rutger Hauer rides into Hope City in a box car and quickly realizes that the city’s moniker is tragically ironic. Initially, he attempts to avoid the openly unrepentant atrocities including torture, prostitution, drug use, and even brutal murder, but, after watching a beautiful, young prostitute beaten for standing up against a gang member, the homeless man can no longer stand idly by and steps in to help. Upon bringing the gang member to the police, however, he becomes woefully aware that the corruption of Hope City has spread all the way up to the chief of police. We spend the rest of the movie following this Hobo on his solo campaign to clean up the city.
From the music to the gore, this flick pulls influences from great exploitation movies, B-movies, and spaghetti westerns alike, but, as much fun as it is, it didn’t quite have the control that you see in Planet Terror or Machete and, in that way, it may even be a more pure exploitation flick. It obviously had a micro-budget, and, though the special effects are always effectively cringe-inducing, they clearly didn’t have much money to spend on them. The acting is extremely quirky, over-the-top, and, at times, just bad, but it never gets in the way of the film. You can tell everyone had a lot of fun making this; however, it’s never self-indulgent. Chock full of blood, foul language, and some seriously quotable lines, Hobo with a Shotgun is exactly what you expect and it loves every minute of it.