Rubber (2010) Review

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RATING: 3.5/5

[SPOILERS]

A sentient car tire comes to life and goes on a rampage killing anything in its path…with psychokinetic powers.

Who would have thought a movie with such a stupid and ridiculous plot, contained more meaning to it? I assume.

With the movie having a budget of $800,000, I have to say, director Quentin Dupieux (Mr. Oizo), did a real job. Especially whenever there would be scenes involving the tire minding its own businesses as it rolled in the desert landscape. It was a nice job at making one believe the tire was in fact, living.

The only times that special effects/CGI was implemented were during the head explosions. Granted the effects themselves were not that convincing, they were Syfy Channel quality. At the same time, they were only used when deemed necessary, which was good.

Now while the film was marketed as horror, for me personally, the whole project geared more into dark comedy. Horror elements do come into play whenever the tire would use its powers on the people and animals. But largely the whole tone and feel screamed comedy. Dark, quirky, surreal, and satirical comedy.

Speaking of the comedy, there was definitely humorous moments. They mostly stem from the two main characters, Robert the Tire and Lieutenant Chad. It was amusing seeing the tire become attracted to the main girl and Chad breaking the rules of reality in an interesting way which I’ll get to.

The main thing that I wanted to see this movie was the fact that Quentin Dupieux (Mr. Oizo), was the director. I like quite of bit of his music. Also, I was surprised he and that one half of the electronic group, Justice, played in part with the soundtrack. There were tracks on here that were pretty good. I would say both act’s style of music worked hand-in-hand and it complimented the film in a fine matter.

The cinematography was nicely done. The scenes where there were perspective shots of the tire on the ground or when the camera would focus on a subject through the tire’s center, were pretty cool. There was a good usage of trucking and tracking throughout. Not one time did I see a hand in the shot moving the tire. Again, the team working on this did a good job making the tire move on its own.

For a movie about a killer tire, there was definitely more meaning. That meaning being…no reason. The first scene demonstrated how many things in cinema happen for absolutely no reason. A truly odd yet true set of words said by Chad. Many of the things presented in the film simply happen for no reason. Which was kind of annoying as the plot didn’t seem to flow naturally, it was all over the place. But again, it was something that made me want to continue watching it and see where it was leading toward. Even if it was a bit anti-climatic.

In addition, the whole movie was self-aware and very meta. A lot of the characters were aware that they were in the movie and it was interesting to see the audience characters watch the movie “physically” happen in front of them, within the movie. There were moments where a character would pick a prop that was utilized in an earlier scene. A character would share his input on how to make the movie better. At one point, Chad basically had enough and decided to shoot the tire a bunch to end the movie faster. Or so he did. There were quite a bit of diegetic and non-diegetic aspects that certainly amplified the fun factor.

As a fan of Dupieux’s (Mr. Oizo) music, I got to say this is one of the strangest films I’ve seen in quite some time. Which is saying a lot for someone who wanted to watch a simple movie about a killer tire with psychokinetic powers. The weirdness and experimental vibes that the director’s music give off, transcend onto this film clearly. I say give it a definite watch as it was a weird and enjoyable viewing.

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