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Rubber (2011)

Rubber (2011)Reviewed by Andrew Kasch

Starring Robert, Wings Hauser, Jack Plotnick, Remy Thorne, Roxane Mesquida

Directed by Quentin Dupieux


There once was an automobile tire named Robert that spontaneously gained consciousness in the middle of the desert. As he rolled around, he quickly discovered he had the power to make things explode with his mind. So what’s an inanimate tire with telekinetic powers to do? Easy: Go on a killing spree.

Why? No reason.

That’s pretty much the plot of Rubber, a bizarre slice of counter-culture cinema by Quentin Dupieux. Beginning with the single most brilliant monologue in movie history, the film traces Robert’s path of destruction as he roams the street of a desert town and makes people’s heads explode.

A concept like this seems better suited to a short film than a feature – and there are times when it comes dangerously close to wearing out its tread – but Dupieux keeps things interesting by going completely meta with the script.

Rubber (2011)We’re treated to an audience of desert-dwelling tourists who watch “the movie” through a pair of binoculars and do a running commentary and a pissed-off town sheriff trying to convince the cast that they’re actually stuck in a film.

A few more absurd twists (which I won’t give away) happen, but the majority of the film follows the tire and a whole lot of Scanners moments.

Yes, it’s a one-joke movie but one that’s undeniably well made. Dupieux makes the most of his low budget with a wicked eye for the camera, and expertly timed gags, FX and performances make Rubber more art-house than Troma. As a result, we have a bona fide midnight movie handled with enough solid direction to avoid the “Look-at-me! I’m-a-wacky-cult-film!” vibe that usually sinks like-minded flicks. Rubber definitely isn’t for everyone, but those who love their cinema weird and subversive will get a real kick out of it.

At the very least, it’s the best killer tire movie we’ve seen yet.

3 1/2 out of 5

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11 Comments

  1. Great review for a great movie. I loved this fucking mind trip.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • I am now going out and watching EVERY movie you ever disliked. How the fuck can you like this nonsense. This movie serves as a reminder as to why horror fans/movies/the genre itself is overlooked,laughed at,get’s no respect etc.

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      I’m not gonna kill you. Your job will be to tell the rest of them that death is coming for them, tonight. Tell them Eric Draven sends his regards.

      • “This movie serves as a reminder as to why horror fans/movies/the genre itself is overlooked,laughed at,get’s no respect etc.”

        No, this movie is a reminder that horror doesn’t exist in the little box that the entire population likes to put it in.

        • The monologue in the opening is all kinds of brilliant. And the way IT makes no sense is great too. Holding a glass of water he delivers the speech, then drops the water, gets in the trunk and drives off. Makes no sense but so well delivered it doesn’t have to.
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • No GJW, this movie serves as a reminder that horror fans are fucking full of bullshit and are nothing but talk.

        When they’re given something TRULY original like “Rubber,” they laugh at it and would rather scarf down derivative crapola they’ve seen a thousand times before.

        I’m in complete agreement with Andrew, this movie was great. Likely going to make my top 10 of 2011.
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        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Yes, the genre needs originality. But do we “clap” JUST because something IS original? I give credit to anyone looking to bring something new,original to the table. BUT, if it’s stupid, then it’s stupid. And THIS, is stupid.

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          I’m not gonna kill you. Your job will be to tell the rest of them that death is coming for them, tonight. Tell them Eric Draven sends his regards.

          • We clap if something is original, and we appreciate it because it’s original. Do we like it because it’s original? That’s up to us to decide? I loved it because it’s original, fresh, and entertaining. You saw it as stupidity, I saw it as high performance art in the horror genre and for that it deserves every accolade it gets.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  2. Okay. I haven’t commented on this yet, but you keep writing about it so…..I have to let it out.
    Are you fucking kidding me? This has GOT to be “THE” DUMBEST FUCKING SHIT I have EVER seen! Whew, okay, better now. Have a fun ass Friday!!!!!

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    I’m not gonna kill you. Your job will be to tell the rest of them that death is coming for them, tonight. Tell them Eric Draven sends his regards.

    • Yeah, I wasn’t a big fan either. Not the worst thing I’ve seen, but definitely not something I’d ever watch again or really recommend to anyone.

      • I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

        Seo London

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