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Matthew Parkinson | 29 Oct 2015 12:00
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Rubber


Directed and written by Quentin Dupieux. Produced by Gregory Bernard, Julien Berlan, and Kevos Van Der Meiren. Release date: February 25, 2011.

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Rubber is about a psychic killer tire. If you've already tuned out, you're not the type of person who would enjoy this movie. If you're intrigued, then you will enjoy Rubber. Yes, it's a serial killer movie in which the killer is a tire who can blow things up with its ... mind? Can you call it a mind?

Anyway, the film follows this tire around for somewhere around 80 minutes, as we watch it go from place to place and kill various people. There's a meta-narrative which has a random collection of citizens watching the tire go about its business - they're the audience stand-in, but incredibly self-aware - and there are even parts of the tire's story that stop and say "this isn't real!" Rubber is such an odd little movie, and it's one that has to be seen to be believed.

It's also quite funny. It's bizarre. It's self-aware and self-indulgent. It starts off the rails and winds up nowhere near them. But does it ultimately work? Yeah, it does. It's insane, but it's also not unlike anything else you'll see. The killer tire is good enough reason to see it, and the premise itself is enough reason to get me watching. The meta-narrative is both fascinating and annoying, pushing the line of how self-aware a film can be and still function. You may be asking, right now, what the point of the whole thing is. The movie addresses this. "No reason." It opens with a scene in which a man addresses the camera and tells us that lots of movies have things happen for no reason and that Rubber is an homage to that. So, yes, you have to be in a very specific mindset to enjoy Rubber, but if you are, it's amazing.

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