Monday, June 30, 2014

Netflix Instant Queue Movie Review: "Rubber" (2010)

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Director: Quentin Dupieux
Year: 2010
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes

As spectators watch through binoculars, a tire named Robert goes on a murderous rampage through the desert.
"All great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason."
If you were confused and thought you read the synopsis wrong, don't be confused, you read it perfectly correct.

This movie is about a tire, yes, a car tire, who murders things telepathically.

The concept of this movie is really interesting and pretty far out there. A premise like this piqued our interest. Unfortunately, this film could have been so much better. It tries really hard to do something unexpected and clever, but it winds up being silly and experimental to a detriment. There were a couple of lines where we laughed out loud, but other than those few times, we pretty much just sat there looking at one another with blank expressions on our faces. We're all for experimental, but this was just weird.

As far as the length of the movie, though it's only 82 minutes, a movie where 3/4 of the scenes are dedicated to a tire rolling though the desert feels like it drags. It's like the filmmakers were sitting in their houses stoned one night and thought it would be hilarious to write a movie about an inanimate object that murders things. A person taking a shower and watching TV just isn't funny...but a tire watching TV and taking a shower...GENIUS!

Overall, this offbeat slasher comedy just wasn't our cup of tea, though it could have been and we're open to more movies like this...maybe if we were high it would have been better (but we don't get high, LOL).

My Rating: 4/10
BigJ's Rating: 4.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68%
Do we recommend this movie: Meh.

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