Rubber (2010)

This is a horror/comedy about a tire, named Robert, that becomes a serial killer.  He wasn’t always, but as with many psychopaths once he got his first taste of blood he became more skillful and brazen.

Rubber, however, is much more than an imaginative story.   When you add in some excellent directing, cinematography, editing and special effects you have a film about a tire that will keep you watching for 80 minutes.  Admittedly, it loses something and is a bit tiresome 🙂 in the middle, but that doesn’t last very long and it makes up for it with a wonderful ending.  There’s also a lot more going on that’s to difficult to describe.  You’ll have to see it for yourself, but I will say one thing about it, there’s no reason for it.

The greatest achievement of it’s director/writer/cinematographer/editor, Quentin Dupieux, is his ability to direct the film in a manner that had me trying to get into the head of a tire.  I found myself guessing and trying to predict Robert’s next move.   His character is well developed as I saw the evolution of his thoughts and motives from the time he initially learned to ambulate, and then to kill.

This is one of those films that many will see as a complete waste of time, and others who will enjoy it just for the fun of it.  I’ll go with the latter.

I cautiously recommend seeing this film.

6/9

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