Tuesday, June 5, 2012


The simplest possible explanation for Rubber is that it's a movie about a tire that can blow stuff up. That's what I was expecting when I started watching it on Netflix. I quickly discovered that it was much, much more than that.

Yes, this 2010 film is really about a tire killing people using psycho-kinetic powers. However, there is a group of people in the desert with binoculars. They watch the tire in real life as though it were a movie. They make comments about it and ask each other questions. One of them is played by Charley Koontz, known for his portrayal of Fat Neil on Community. The sheriff trying to find the tire knows that he's in a movie, but nobody else does. It's one of the most unique plots I've ever seen.

You might be asking yourself, "why would anyone make a movie about a scary tire?" The answer is, "no reason." In the opening scene, the sheriff explains this to the audience. He gives examples of movies that are based on things without reason. "Why is the alien in E.T. brown? Why do the couple in Love Story fall in love? No reason." He goes on to explain that this is because life itself is filled with "no reasons." He tells the audience (characters in the movie) that the film they're about to watch is a celebration of life's "no reasons."

The cinematography is amazing. The desert looks crisp and beautiful on screen. The acting is perfect and so are the special effects. This sounds stupid, but I'm still not sure how they got the tire to move the way that it did. It's movements were terrifyingly natural.

In all honesty, this is probably one of my new favorite movies. I'm going to be looking out for more films by Quentin Dupieux. Everything comes together in a way that's simultaneously expected and shocking. It's completely weird and spectacular.

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