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Review: Rubber

Rubber
Mar. 30, 2011by:
8 10

PLOT: A telekinetic rubber tire goes on a killing spree in a small town deep in the California desert.

REVIEW: Well, I'll say this: RUBBER is without a doubt, the best killer tire movie you'll ever see. Sarcasm aside, RUBBER is actually a pretty damn good film. It played to raves at the Cannes Film Festival, and now it makes it's way to Fantasia , which is without a doubt the best possible place a movie about a killer tire could play.

But why is a movie about a killer tire getting such great buzz? Without spoiling too much, I'll say this: RUBBER isn't just a movie about a killer tire. It's actually a fine piece of meta-cinema, in that even the characters in this film are aware that they're just acting in a film, and that what's happening on screen couldn't possibly exist without an audience watching it.

Confused yet? I'll admit I was, and after a hilarious opening monologue by Stephen Spinella, as our nominal hero- Sheriff Chad, about the notion of no reason in film, we're introduced to an audience brought out in the middle of the desert to observe the killer tire through binoculars. For a good ten minutes, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to sit through eighty more minutes without going insane, but the film quickly began to win me over once the tire started killing people.

Of course, this is all a big joke, and everyone in the film- not just the actors, but even the characters they play, are in on it. Things get especially interesting in the second half of the film, once the characters have to start upping the dramatic ante of the film to please a particularly picky audience member (80's B-Movie king Wings Hauser), who detests lazy storytelling and plot holes.

While it certainly isn't meant to be taken seriously, I assure everyone out there reading this that actually WANTS to see a killer tire movie, that you're not cheated in that department. The tire easily racks up a good ten or so kills, mostly by blowing them up by telekineses We even get the tire having a flashback sequence explaining it's motives (one of the funny things in the film is that no one calls the tire it, but instead just assumes it's male), and some gratuitous T & A, once the tire encounters a pretty young traveller.

What makes the film work as well as it does is the fact that it's so skillfully directed by Quentin Dupieux, who also composes the awesome Euro-beat soundtrack under the pseudonym Mr. Oizo. It's beautifully shot in 2:35:1 widescreen, with gorgeously framed shots that gives this an epic feel, that caught me by surprise as I went in expecting this to be a shot on video quickie.

However, the thing that REALLY distinguishes RUBBER is the incredible performance by Spinella. His character is so obtuse, and unknowable in his motivations, that I'm at a loss to truly explain what exactly makes him so good in the role. Like RUBBER itself, you really have to experience the performance first hand to understand it, but it's one of the best, dead-pan, comedic performances I've seen in years.

Now, reading this review, I'm sure many of you are puzzled, as I've probably done a pretty poor job explaining the film. Suffice to say, it's unlike anything you're likely to see in a while, so if you get the chance you should check it out. Running only eighty-five minutes, the film's over before the one-joke premise wears off, and at the very least, you'll get to see a telekinetic tire kill people- which, in my humble opinion, makes it a must see.

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5:55PM on 04/14/2011
An aware and "smart" film with some good moments. But sadly it couldn't keep me from feeling utterly bored watching it.
An aware and "smart" film with some good moments. But sadly it couldn't keep me from feeling utterly bored watching it.
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4:21PM on 03/31/2011
Irony past the point of acceptable - so clever it's f'ing insulting is what it is... damn French hipster bitches...and all hipsters for the that matter!
Irony past the point of acceptable - so clever it's f'ing insulting is what it is... damn French hipster bitches...and all hipsters for the that matter!
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9:43PM on 03/30/2011

Unique

Just caught this on HDNet Movies, which is an awesome channel as I also got see Monsters as well.
That said I think RUBBER is a unique, fun and interesting movie. The only thing I would say is that it could have been better as a short film as they really seemed to stretch a lot of the rolling scenes too long. If they wanted it to be this long they should've added a few more scenes into the mix to keep the pace.
All in all though I liked it for what it was. I also agree completely that the
Just caught this on HDNet Movies, which is an awesome channel as I also got see Monsters as well.
That said I think RUBBER is a unique, fun and interesting movie. The only thing I would say is that it could have been better as a short film as they really seemed to stretch a lot of the rolling scenes too long. If they wanted it to be this long they should've added a few more scenes into the mix to keep the pace.
All in all though I liked it for what it was. I also agree completely that the film is shot wonderfully.
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6:03PM on 03/30/2011

terrible!

but i guess these kind of weird movies just are not meant for me.
What i did understand though is that this director has some nice skills.
but i guess these kind of weird movies just are not meant for me.
What i did understand though is that this director has some nice skills.
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4:16PM on 03/30/2011
For those of you with the HDNET Movies channel, there is a screening of Rubber appearing on there for one night only, tonight starting at 8 PM eastern time. I've got my DVR set.
For those of you with the HDNET Movies channel, there is a screening of Rubber appearing on there for one night only, tonight starting at 8 PM eastern time. I've got my DVR set.
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3:29PM on 03/30/2011
I want to see this.
I want to see this.
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3:16PM on 03/30/2011

Excited

I want to see this!!! Has anyone seen Thankskilling? That was awfully Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! So ridiculous. If so, is this film like that but a bigger budget?
I want to see this!!! Has anyone seen Thankskilling? That was awfully Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! So ridiculous. If so, is this film like that but a bigger budget?
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3:04PM on 03/30/2011

Great movie.


Rubber was outstanding. And I think this review does a pretty good job of getting the "It's complicated" aspects of the movie across. Rubber is very clever and mocking of the Hollywood industry. The "No Reason" speech very much has a reason and without getting into it too much everything in this movie is there for a reason. This is a great art house movie in disguise but could be enjoyed by anyone whether you "get it" or don't.

Rubber was outstanding. And I think this review does a pretty good job of getting the "It's complicated" aspects of the movie across. Rubber is very clever and mocking of the Hollywood industry. The "No Reason" speech very much has a reason and without getting into it too much everything in this movie is there for a reason. This is a great art house movie in disguise but could be enjoyed by anyone whether you "get it" or don't.
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2:38PM on 03/30/2011

Loved Rubber!

I loved this movie when I got the chance to see it. You have to take the weirdness and go with it, don't make judgments or begin to criticize it. Just enjoy the ride.

And it was all set-up perfectly with the opening scene and "no reason" speech.
I loved this movie when I got the chance to see it. You have to take the weirdness and go with it, don't make judgments or begin to criticize it. Just enjoy the ride.

And it was all set-up perfectly with the opening scene and "no reason" speech.
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