Thursday, July 7, 2011
Movie Review # 128 Rubber (2010)
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Steven Spinella, Roxanne Mesquida, Wings Hauser
Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Critics 50% Audience
Netflix: 2.9 Stars
There are B-Films then there are B-FILMS! Those movies that are so out there that they develop a cult following. Take these movies as examples Swamp Thing, Toxic Avenger, Rocky Horror and Repo! The Genetic Opera. These movies are not only amazing they are entertaining and just weird. They also have that it factor that makes people fall in love with them. The same can be said of Rubber.
It is outlandish and simple. At the same time it is funny and peculiar and yet engaging. I can honestly say I have never seen a movie like this before. The closest one I an think of is my Killer Condom and even then that movie has nothing on Rubber. Which is saying a lot as I loved that movie. So what is Rubber about? Well it is the story about nothing and yet something. I know you are probably going huh? Right about now. Now let me explain it is the story of Robert a forgotten tire.
Who comes to life and discovers he has physic powers and uses them to kill, maim and destroy people, animals and inanimate objects. With not rhyme or reason just because he can. All the while we have a group of people who are in the middle of a desert watching the movie unfold. But are not part of it other than they are watching Robert do his thing. Now here is where the movie just get's weird. About half way through the movie the accountant (Jack Plotnick) gets a phone call from the Master.
Which causes him to freak out a little and for some reason has a turkey in his room. That he kills and cooks and gives it to the people watching the movie. When all the sudden all of them get stomach pains because it was poisoned and they die. Simple clean and utterly stupid except one of them did not eat it. Then laughs at everyone and tells them he is going to finish the movie. Which he does and he just like everyone else dies in the end at the hands of the tire.
All except the Sheriff (Stephen Spinella) who is magically stupid and yet brilliant. As he tells people that the movie is over and proves that it is a movie. Only to find out that one of the people watching the movie did not eat the turkey and is forced to continue the movie. Which causes a ton of funny moments as you can tell that he wants nothing more to do with it. Especially after watching the tire the blow off the head of a man in front of him.
That one scene is priceless as he pulls out a sheet of paper and reads it. Then tosses as he walks away in disgust. It is scenes like this where the movie wins points. As it has no point and no purpose other than to be gory and silly. It may also be the reason this movie wins over fans and develops a cult following once word of mouth spreads. As it is fun and entertaining and yet a perfect film to make fun of and come up with your own lines for.
As a majority of the movie is silent except for the noise of the tire as it rolls around. I just have to admit this movie is alluring and enjoyable. It is also easily one of my favorite films of this year long movie review marathon. When I do my half way countdown of the ten best and worst. This will defiantly be on the top 10 list of best films. As I loved it thoroughly and want to watch it again and again. As it stands as one of the best artistic films of recent years.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5