Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rubber (2010)

"And now for something completely different!" RUBBER follows Robert the tire as he takes off on a deadly rampage through the desert, crushing everything in his path and using his powers of pyrokinesis to destroy anything he cannot kill through conventional means. Meanwhile, a group of spectators watch from afar, occasionally commenting on the carnage. The point? To have no point. To be completely without reason. And RUBBER proves its point very well. In fact, it may even be the most pointless film ever made! The silly premise is much better suited for the short film format, where its punch line would go off without a hitch instead of dragging it on to feature length. It provides only momentary satisfaction when Robert inquisitively inspects his surroundings and blows the heads off of innocent desert creatures in a fit of gory rage. Quentin Dupieux opens the film with a pretentious monologue about the pointlessness of cinema that immediately establishes his sense of self-importance. In other words, he is telling the audience they are not intelligent enough to understand that this is satire, so he spells it out for them. That does not make RUBBER any less clever or entertaining in small doses, however. RUBBER is unique enough in concept to warrant a view.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like RUBBER:
THE TAINT, REJECTED, DEATH BED, SIX STRING SAMURAI, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE, LOST HIGHWAY.

8 comments:

  1. i want to see this, though my wife thinks it something dirty... cause i ask her if she wants to see rubber...

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  2. i am going to drop you an email, the hba needs some serious overhauling... and i wanted to get your thoughts.

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  3. It was a really great film...I felt sympathy for a tire! Great ability on the directors part!

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  4. I was also left quite underwhelmed by Rubber - it's an interesting premise but it just doesn't work as a feature length. I think it got by on hype alone. Personally, I would have liked to see a B-movie about a killer tyre without all the winking at the audience, thinking it's oh-so-clever. But maybe that's just me... :)

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  5. A killer tire named Robert? This sounds like the oddest movie ever.

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  6. There is a market for every movie. Whether it's 'You've Got Mail' or 'Satan's Cannibal Holocaust.'

    With that said, I love 'Rubber.' It's weird, random and ridiculous. I'm clearly the audience for random crap like that based on my love of Japanese Gonzo cinema.

    As I said in my review, it's certainly not for everyone. Hell, it's not for most people.

    I can live with that.

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  7. Conceptually I thought this was brilliant and utterly hilarious, it just wore on too long for my liking, and they really shouldnt have included that initial monologue, would have strengthened the humor. Still, its about a friggin killer tire, thats awesome in a can!

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  8. I didn't mind the intro too much. It's weird and off-kilter. It's not as funny as some people would have liked, but I didn't mind too much.

    As far as it being too long, I don't quite agree. That's just my prerogative though.

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