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Plenty to burn; plenty to waste.

  • Jul 6, 2011
** out of ****

Since when do movies need to test one's patience? "Rubber", the new indie film from first-time filmmaker Quentin Dupiex, also known as Mr. Oizo, is a questionable film with a witty premise. It has plenty of rubber to burn, but alas, as I clearly stated just a bit earlier, it feels like more of a test than a movie.

That's not to say that I think "Rubber" is a poor movie, since if one were to apply to it real film criticism, then you'd realize that it is not, in fact, a bad movie. Yet, nor is it a good one. It exists on the side of indie cinema that hipsters tend to enjoy the most. This film may have been made for them, and that makes me dislike it just a bit more. It exists for no other reason than to be outlandish, weird, and quirky. It does its job, but without actually working. And yes, it does not have a single moment where anything makes a whole lot of sense. Maybe this was writer-director Dupiex's intent; but he's not easy on his audience. By the half-way point, I just wanted the movie to end, so that I could return to my life as it was.

Was "Rubber" a time-waster? Oh, yes. But that makes it one of the better time wasters on the market today. Does that make it good? Nope. But some people admire and enjoy time-wasters, and they may be yet another audience for "Rubber". I do hope that it finds an audience, although I can't say for sure if it deserves one such thing. Maybe I missed the point of it completely, or maybe I just can't get inside ol' Quentin's head quite like he can. But limiting your audience to a couple of, as I said, hipsters, is never a good thing. Maybe Quentin Dupiex will go on and make a better movie; one that has a clear point, destination, and purpose, other than to just exist.

But what's the point of existence? The story involves a lonely tire who comes to life (we don't know how) and learns that he can telepathically blow things up after he successfully does so to a beer can. The rubber tire proceeds to blow up bunnies, bottles, crows, and even human heads; although the local police-men in the area are not about to let the stupid bastard get away with it.

The plot mostly involves the tire killing things and obsessing over a woman as only the best cinematic voyeurs and stalkers can. There's a lot of influence and references to be found here, but none of it can be put into place, or into a movie, for the matter. Heck, the film opens with an outlandish and quirky police-man referencing films and how there's just "no reason" for some of the things present in them". This part confused me. In fact, "Rubber" is so damned confusing at times, that I had a hard time following it. It's a difficult film; it attempts to balance not one, but two uninvolving stories. One is indeed about an inanimate tire that comes to life and blows up stuff with his mind, and the other is about some strange onlookers who follow his rise to power. By the end, it's clear that the previously inanimate objects are coming back with a brutal vengeance.

The film feels like a decent, sleazy exploitation picture, if anything. It features a good amount of cartoonish, almost comedic gore; most of which explodes and covers the earth around it. Some people might appreciate the comedy which is very much involved in the violence here, but it's not used for satire; but merely slapstick. Much like the rest of the film, which is more amusing than it is actually funny. More time should have went into the script, and less time should have been put into the direction. That is one thing that I admired about the film; the look and feel of its apocalyptic wasteland, its attention to minor detail, and its affection for itself. Maybe that's called self-indulgence, but these days, what isn't?

"Rubber" is a film that may just get its own little cult. I can't say it deserves it; just as I can't say whether it's a "miss" or a "must-see". I can't recommend it because I don't really like it, and because it's so different, I can't prevent you from seeing it. There would be no point in doing that, but hey; there wasn't much of a point in seeing it, now was there? Just as there wasn't a point to making it, spending time on it, or even writing it. It's a premise in which the villain lacks personality, because tires cannot have personalities, and this is understandable, but does a previously inanimate object really make for a good movie villain? I think not.

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Release Date: 11 JUN 2012 (Indonesia)
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Studio: Realitism, Elle Driver, arte France Cinéma
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