Hobo With A Shotgun
because you won't even know it's wrong in the first place."
(21 Jan 2011) Director: Jason Eisener
Degradation and violence is often necessary in Action Movies to create empathy or a thirst for vengeance with an audience (best case: 13 Assassins, also shown at ActionFest), and while it may be uncomfortable to watch, your forbearance is paid off with 'message' when they turn it around at the end.
After watching the trailer for Hobo With A Shotgun, I knew I would either love or hate it. When I first saw it, I didn't hate it, but it took watching it a second time (June 10, 2011) to love it. Hobo made me realize that the difference between me and the career film people at ActionFest is that their horizons are that much more expanded; that they are in love with film. And that realization took me back to when I fell in love with Action Movies.
When people say "I don't go to the movies that much" I wonder how they stay away. Up until I decided not to see Cyclone2, I saw every movie that came out, and found something worthwhile even if it was just pushing the envelope on special effects, or, the show-stealing performance of a minor character by an unknown that launches their career. I thought, then, that Cyclone was the movie that taught me to be more selective. Now, the only reason I don't see every movie is time and money. Given the opportunity and resources, I would see EVERY movie, and come away with something worthwhile. I just happen to enjoy Action Movies the most. That an incredibly violent movie like Hobo could speak so about love is one of the great miracles of film.
When I saw Hobo at ActionFest 2011 and wrote about it, I compared it to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and that comparison stands up, not only visually, but with message.
If you object to violence
and won't see a film like Hobo, you come up snake eyes because you don't get
the attendant horizon expansion. Get a little out of your comfort zone,
don't make a judgment call immediately after, wait a little while and see if it
grows on you. You will get something out of Hobo With A Shogun, but if you never
see it, how will you know?
THE LOVE SONG OF
In the hallway the
critics come and go
1 Oh yeah! When Wikipedia says so, you know it's real! lol
2 If you knew that was the 1987 motorcycle movie starring Heather Thomas, you're either my age or addicted to Action Movies, or both. Which Heather? The prettier one whose career didn't take off.
87Eleven Action Design
| Chad Stahelski + David Leitch
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