Monday, February 27, 2012

Rubber (2010)

Ever wonder why certain things happen in movies, like why E.T. is brown or why the characters in Texas Chainsaw Massacre never use the bathroom like people in real life? Or how about why we are surrounded by air, yet cannot see it? The answer is simple: No reason. Rubber is a film that establishes itself on this factoid and runs, err, rolls with it. 

After awakening in the desert, an old car tire embarks on a murderous rampage once it discovers it has destructive telekinesis powers. Meanwhile, a group of people (including genre screen veteran Wings Hauser) watch the events of our film from a distance via binoculars, facilitated by a faux police officer and his assistant. The tire's psychotic tendencies evolve from squashing a plastic water bottle rolling with its girth to detonating human heads with its new found ability.

The film itself is subject to all sorts of interpretation, so here is this reviewer's take on it. The crowd of people watching the events in the film are essentially us, the audience. Most demographics are represented in the crowd, including different races, ages and film diehards who will sit through anything to satisfy their completest desires. In the opening scene, the police officer breaks the fourth wall to deliver a lengthy monologue until it is revealed that he was talking to the audience within the film the entire time. In turn, the officer and his assistant are the feature's cinematic entities of the real life filmmakers. So it can be interpreted that the film makers as the officer were explaining the film to us as the in-movie audience and will be communicating as such throughout the remainder of the running time.  

An experimental flick, and a bold one at that, director Quentin Dupieux understands his project's own creative concept is essentially its own trap. How do you produce a full length feature with three acts focused on a mute, inanimate and non-threatening object as the main antagonist with no real protagonist to combat it? Dupieux takes the plot's limitations and then plays off of it in comedic fashion within his own film. You will even realize that there is a certain point in the film when he expects his real life viewers to have either left the theater, turned the channel or ejected their DVD/Blu-ray which he depicts through an event that occurs among the in-movie audience. It is very morbid, but pretty funny at the same time.

Rubber is labeled as a horror film, but besides some gore is truly a dark comedy... a whacked out, unique and memorable dark comedy. Not the most groundbreaking experimental film, but one that really wants to poke fun at the Hollywood formula status quo. Worth watching for something different, but keep in mind that the overall picture is not as cool as the premise makes it sound. And make sure to wear a Rubber (sorry, just had to do that).

2.5 out of 5 Creeper Santas




Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I caught about twenty minutes of this one halfway into the film and found it... odd!

Chuck said...

I could not look away...and anything with Wings in it I am there for!

allison said...

This. Sounds. Amazing.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Maybe I'm overthinking it but why did it the tire take so long to realize it had this power? When I heard about this I thought it would be the dumbest movie ever. After watching the trailer it looks cool.

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