Sunday, July 24, 2011

my thoughts on.... 'Rubber'

In this day and age, it's hard to find anything original to watch. 'Rubber' is a movie that when you watch it, you can honestly say you've never seen anything like it before. The film maker, Quentin Dupieux, has laid it all on the line to make something completely fresh and unique. When I first head about it, I was geeked to see it as it sounded unusual and fun. I can honestly say that it lived up to my expectations, but it also surprised the hell out of me. What I actually saw vs. what I was originally expecting were two totally different things. Not bad things, just unexpected things. I had no real expectations of what I was going to see and wasn't entirely sure which direction the movie was heading. All I knew was that I was going to enjoy the ride. With the movie being over now and in hindsight, I can say that I did in fact enjoy the ride. All of this because some crazy guy wanted to bring a tire to life and make it his main character. Robert the tire.

According to, the story is somewhat like this: "'Rubber' follows a car tire named Robert that rolls through the desert Southwest using its strange psychic powers to blow up birds, bunnies, human beings and more. But when Robert spies a gorgeous woman motoring down the highway, he decides to follow her and take a chance on love." It sounds completely insane and impossible to do without being stupid, 'Rubber' pulled it off without much effort. I mean, they gave an inanimate object a life and a personality.... that's not an easy task. It's like being a Kardashian's agent.All in all, love it or hate it, this movie is a breath of fresh air. Not unlike the works of Eugène Ionesco. This is a film makers version of the theater of the absurd. I really enjoyed this movie and am looking forward to what comes next. It also gives me hope that there is still something new under the sun. I can't call this the best movie I've ever seen or one that I need to watch very often. It is what it is. A movie about a tire with a bad attitude and a love of a human girl.

I really want to give you more details about what happens here.... I really, really do. However, if I was to spoil the ending then there would be no point to go back to the beginning. Needless to say, it's a perfectly absurd ending to a perfectly absurd beginning. It leaves you wondering what will happen next and it plays upon one of my favorite sub-genre's of horror. But wait, is this a horror movie? Honestly, I don't know what I'd call it. Granted there is a LOT of head explosions and violence. At the same time, there is a lot of other things going on that aren't horrifying. I'm not even 100% sure if this was to be some kind of commentary on the world at large or if it is just what it claims to be: a movie about how all movies revovle around events that happen for "no reason". 3 out of 5 bizarre stars. Go watch it, but watch it with an open mind and a clear head.

If you like this, also check out: your car tires, perhaps they're plotting against you RIGHT NOW....!

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