Cert: 15 Runtime: 82 mins Director: Quentin Dupieux Cast: Stephen Spinella, Roxanne Mesquida, Wings Hauser
My God, the kid was right. The killer is the tire
After being introduced to Rubber a few months ago I was intrigued.The film opens with Lieutenant Chad (Stephen Spinella), pulling up in a police car and snaking through an obstacle course of chairs.He delivers a monologue more or less discussing the senselessness of cinema.He finds issue with ET’s skin colour, the assassination of Kennedy in JFK and the toilet habits of characters in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, but applauds the films lack of reason and their lack of no reason.After this the film meets a tyre called Robert who wakes up in a wasteland, we then find out he has psychic powers, using his powers he can blow the heads off people. Robert goes through the motions of any serial killer, starting out with random murders, then stepping up to motivated killings, and even at one point stalking and lusting over a sexy young lady Sheila (Roxanne Mesquida) . All of this is watched by a bunch of voyeurs that the mad lieutenant has set up in the hills, far away.These people watch the action unfold in real-time, through binoculars, as if they were watching a movie. Chad then goes and gets involved in the action for their enjoyment, apparently not realising that not everything is put on for the paying audience, because Robert really is killing people.
The pointlessness of this film does ruin Rubber a lot, but at the same time your watching it and thinking how?what?when?. I will admit the first 20 minutes as a low supply of dialogue and you follow Robert around killing a rabbit and a bird. But it does pick up when he runs riot around the small town. What I do love about the film is the concept of the people watching the action, it’s very different and unique. They like us are just as confused. I do have a lot of respect for Quentin Dupieux, as he has made an utterly original film. What I have learned from this film is pointless plots = hype that makes people buy a DVD about a psycho tyre for £9.99