To say there is “no reason” to see Rubber is not the same as saying the Theater-of-the-Absurd-influenced schlock-o-thon should be avoided.
If you happen to find yourself in a dark theatre watching images of a sentient, ambulatory tire, French filmmaker-musician Quentin Dupieux’s blatantly illogical approach might provide a reason to remain seated.
See “Rubber” trailer HERE.
Rubber is about a tire named Robert — no reason not to call him Bob — buried out in the middle of the California desert. Bob’s incongruously robust appearance is the first sign something is off-kilter: Why would anyone throw out a tire with so much attitude and so little tread wear?
When Bob gets himself up and rolling, it’s time to fasten your seatbelts — when the Rubber hits the road, just keep telling yourself: “It’s only a movie!” And be afriad. Be very existentially afraid.
Bob isn’t all that fond of humans. Chased by a siren-blaring police cruiser (presumably for suspicion of being a tire unattached to an automobile), Bob telekinetically heats up the officer’s head until it explodes like a potato in a microwave.
Heads blow up aplenty in Rubber, all at the hands — or more precisely, through the murderous psychic vibrations — of Bob.
Other than the shattering-head thing, Bob is a regular, well-rounded Joe. He likes to hang out, watch Tiki dancing and NASCAR races on TV. He even develops an unrequited crush on the mysterious and beautiful Sheila (Roxane Mesquida).
This film won’t have any trouble finding an audience, even if no one sees it; Dupieux includes an audience in the film whose member provide opinionated, if not always informed, comment on the plot.
Rubber won’t make you forget Eugène Ionesco, but it might stimulate interest in The Bald Soprano, which has been staged continuously at Le théâtre de la Huchette in Paris since 1957.
Rubber opens today in the United States. While the April 1 release date appears to be one of the few non-random aspects of Rubber, this reviewer has seen the film and it does in fact exist.
Look for Bob to receive a nomination for “Best Performance by a Tire” come Oscar time.
Showtimes and locations HERE.