General Release 2010
82 minutes approx
Lieutenant Chad -
Directed by -
Written by -
A group of nameless people come together in the desert to watch as a tyre develops consciousness and psychokinetic powers. These it then uses to go on a rampage of head-exploding death whilst the police are helpless and the onlookers meet their own strange fates.
The idea of tyre as psycho killer is enticingly offbeat enough to appeal, but from the off this film displays that it's about meeting the artistic sensibilities of its writer/director rather than telling a coherent story. The opening monologue in which the sheriff points out that the greatest films have an element of 'no reason' and so this film is going to be all about 'no reason'. As a result, there is no reason for the tyre to become self-aware, to become murderous, for the onlookers to be watching, for the nameless 'master' to want them dead, for any of the characters to be there at all...
There might also be no reason to watch it at all.
This is an art student's final year project, full of pretension and overanalysis masquerading as fun and nonsense. Whilst the central story of the tyre has a certain appeal and the stages of it coming alive, learning to kill and watching television are all quite fun to watch, the ruminations on the role of the audience, the voyeurs of the piece, are pure pretension and very quickly become quite tedious. The breaking of the lines between reality and movie are all well and good, but repetition dulls any point to them and the wilful lack of sense (why bring the audience there just ot poison them?) just becomes tiresome (pun intended).
RUBBER is a calling card for its creators 'look what we can do', but as an entertainment, it is sadly lacking.
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