Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Day 21: Rubber (2010) 1h 22m
Sometimes you really want something, and you hope and hope and hope that it'll happen. I was doing that with Rubber. I was hoping and hoping that this would come up at some point in doing this blog. Every time I would pass it I felt this want, this desire, to see this film with a murder tire just to understand it. Why did you haunt me tire?! WHHHHHYYYYYY?
In truth, 2010's Rubber isn't really meant to be understood. The very first thing we're treated to is a speech about how some things are really nothing and there is no real reason for why certain things happen or exist in film. It's a good way to set the entire concept of a sentient tire that either has a psychokinesis or maybe a sound/air pressure ability to make things explode. I don't recall if it gets explained.
After our speech we are introduced to the "audience." They are literally a group of spectators that are part of the movie, but watching the movie and commenting on it from a hilltop. All but one are poisoned but the movie is only allowed to end once they're all dead. So the film continues.
I think that if this film attempted to be serious, it would fail terribly. Instead, they knew exactly what they were doing. They were making a film about a murder tire, and so they had fun with it. They do a great job of making the tire have these horror movie moments, such as being in a shower to scare a maid. For what it was, I liked it. It wasn't amazing, I'm not running out to buy it, but I enjoyed it and I'll tell other people to watch it at least once, just to watch it.
I give Rubber 3 Road Kill Cafe menus out of 5: