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Released on: 10 Nov 2010 • Rated: R • Runtime: 82 min

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Actors: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Wings Hauser

Plot: A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession.

Box Office Gross: $100,370

Awards: 5 wins & 3 nominations








Oh, where to begin with “Rubber,” the 2010 cinematic gem that rolls, quite literally, into the absurd world of sentient tires. This film, directed by Quentin Dupieux, is like a fever dream of a rubber tire, and no, I’m not pulling your leg – or should I say, your wheel? So, buckle up (or should we say, check your tire pressure?) as we dive into this tread of madness.

Plot: Round and Round the Bizarre We Go

The story of “Rubber” revolves around, well, a rubber tire named Robert. You heard that right. Robert isn’t your average Michelin or Goodyear product; he’s got psychic powers and a temper hotter than a burnout on a summer day. The film rolls out in a Californian desert where Robert, emerging from the dirt, discovers his telekinetic ability to make things explode – mostly animal and human heads, because, why not?

The narrative isn’t just about Robert’s rolling rampage. We have an audience within the movie, armed with binoculars, watching this tire’s tale from a safe distance. It’s like watching a movie within a movie, and it gets as meta as it sounds. This layer adds a peculiar angle to the entire viewing experience, making you wonder, “Am I watching the movie, or am I watching people watching the movie?”

Characters: More Than Just Flat Personalities

Obviously, Robert steals the show. He’s a tire with depth, complexity, and a murderous rage – a combination you never knew you needed. But let’s not overlook the human characters, or the onlookers, who provide commentary that ranges from bizarrely philosophical to hilariously mundane.

There’s also the sheriff, who spends half the time reminding everyone (including himself) that none of this makes sense. His monologue at the beginning, declaring that things in movies happen for “no reason,” sets the tone for the film’s surreal nature.

Cinematography: A Visual Ode to the Bizarre

Dupieux does more than just roll the camera; he creates a visual spectacle that’s as quirky as the film’s premise. The cinematography is surprisingly beautiful for a film about a homicidal tire. The vast, empty desert landscapes juxtaposed with the bizarre sight of a tire rolling on its own creates a visual that’s as hypnotic as it is ludicrous.

The use of slow-motion during Robert’s telekinetic acts adds a dramatic flair to the tire’s explosive temper (pun intended). It’s almost poetic – in a rubber-burning, head-exploding kind of way.

Soundtrack: The Unsung Hero

The soundtrack, oh the soundtrack! It’s the unsung hero of “Rubber.” From suspenseful tunes that build up to Robert’s head-popping shenanigans to the more serene tracks that accompany his lonely journey across the desert, the music in this film is like the cherry on top of a very strange cake.

Humor and Sarcasm: Laughing with a Side of Side-Eye

“Rubber” is funny, not because it tries to be, but because it simply is. The sheer absurdity of the plot, combined with the deadpan delivery of lines and the surreal scenarios, makes for a comedy that’s unique. It’s the kind of humor where you’re not just laughing at the jokes; you’re laughing at the whole idea of what you’re watching.

Overall Thoughts: A Bumpy but Enjoyable Ride

“Rubber” is not your typical horror, comedy, or thriller. It’s a blend of all three with a heavy dose of absurdity. It’s like watching a car crash – you know it’s bizarre and kind of wrong, but you can’t look away.

To sum up, “Rubber” is an experience. It’s not just a movie; it’s a journey into the absurd, a ride into the surreal, and a testament to the idea that in the world of cinema, anything – even a story about a psychic tire – can find its place.

So, if you’re in the mood for something that defies logic, laughs in the face of convention, and takes you on a wild ride you never knew you needed, give “Rubber” a spin. Just remember, in the world of sentient tires, it’s best to keep an open mind – and maybe a spare tire, just in case.

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