Hobo with a Shotgun

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Hobo with a Shotgun

Post  Henry Quirk on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:47 pm

A tired, old, bear trundles into town. All he wants is to rest, to live quietly, to bother no one and be bothered by no one.

The town, however, is a nest of vile things, each grubbing mercilessly for sex and money and power and blood.

The bear stands clear and apart till circumstance forces his hand.

He bares his teeth, works his claws: vile things die.

He is opposed at every turn by vile things and by those who are preyed upon by the vile things.

Only a teacher stands with the bear.

In the end: the vile things die (but the corruption each fostered stands), the bear dies, the teacher is co-opted.

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Rutger Hauer was marvelous.

Everyone else sucked donkey balls.

The pacing of the flick was off: the bear was short-shrifted and the vile things had too much on-screen play.

Certain motivations (like those of the bear) could only be inferred when, perhaps, a more direct laying out of the answer to 'why' was more appropriate.

The cartoon violence damaged the film.

A solid 'C' movie (solely because of Hauer).
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