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If you’re looking for a movie to watch with your college buddies when you’re highly intoxicated, Rubber is the film for you. In fact, it seems as if the only way one would be able to digest this movie is after pounding a couple Brewskis followed by a couple hits from a bong.
Rubber opens with a proclamation brought to us by Lieutenant Chad (played by Stephen Spinella) after he crawls out of the trunk of an old, beat-up police car.
“Ladies, gentlemen, the film you are about to see today is an homage to the “no reason” – that most powerful element of style.”
This quote is a perfect precursor to the film because everything that ensues makes absolutely no sense.
Rubber follows a tire, named Robert, in his travels; which result in Robert blowing up bottles, bunnies, and bad guys- think of “him” as the Goodyear version of Carrie.
Surprisingly enough, Robert is not the downfall of the film.
It would have been easy to accept the film as an absurd satirical commentary on the horror genre. However, the director, Quentin Dupieux, also attempted to inject some semblance of a social commentary into the film as well.
Dupieux’s attempt at creating a film within a film failed aesthetically and detracted from its inherent uniqueness. Also, his desire to squeeze as much meaning into the film as possible was evident and drew out the film unnecessarily.
However, it does appear as if Dupieux saved himself, and possibly the film, with his beautifully framed and exposed cinematography.
Rubber is unique but I would only recommend watching it if you’re exceedingly desperate to quench your cinematic thirst or, as I stated previously, under the influence of some sort of mind-altering substances.
Rubber is rated R and runs approx. 82 min.