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Rubber [Blu-ray] (2011)

Stephen Spinella , Jack Plotnick , Quentin Dupieux  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, CeCelia Antoinette
  • Directors: Quentin Dupieux
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TFTE7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rubber [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Rubber is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert and then suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes. At first content to prey on discarded objects and small desert creatures, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction behind, Robert becomes a chaotic force and truly a movie villain for the ages.

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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly absurd. June 19, 2011
Format:DVD
This is a five-star movie all the way, but it will get a lot of bad reviews from people looking for a horror movie, which it is not. It is a movie about movies and about audiences, from an absurdist perspective.

With a premise about as ridiculous as anything SyFy has served up (you know, the people who gave us Dinopossum vs. Crocopillar... or something like that), I expected this thing to peg the old Cheese-o-Meter. C'mon... A tire comes to life and starts killing everyone in sight? Instead, what we have here is a very funny, very literate, and very absurd little film with some great performances.

I fear that explaining what goes on will ruin the pleasure of discovery for those who would appreciate this movie. So I won't.

I'll just say that if you're looking for a horror movie, or a cheesy horror movie, this is not the film you're looking for--go about your business elsewhere. But if the word "absurd" doesn't scare you off, give this movie a try.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Hollywood is full of adaptations, sequels, prequels, remakes, re-imaginings, reboots, and spin-offs. The bottom line is that most movies hitting the big screen are familiar territory. When something original does come along, it usually "borrows" elements from films that influenced it or pays homage to said influential films that came before it. Truth be told, at this stage in the game, technically everything has already been done. Everything has already been written about or filmed or drawn or created digitally. All that's really left out there is the really bizarre topics. The stuff that you either think up randomly one slow Thursday evening or is obviously the result of one of the heaviest acid trips in history. I like to think that Rubber falls somewhere in the middle...of all three categories.

Rubber pretty much had me at Lieutenant Chad's (Stephen Spinella) opening monologue. Hell, he gets out of the trunk of a car just to illustrate the point of "no reason." What makes this scene special is that it kind of breaks the fourth wall while also introducing the secondary storyline of the film. Lieutenant Chad explains what we are about to see to the camera and then it's revealed that there is a crowd of people there who are also about to watch what transpires on screen. Mind you, they're watching with binoculars and their fates are kind of questionable given the film's primary storyline, but it was one of the more unique ways to start off a film.

Rubber is Robert's story. Who is Robert, you may ask? Robert's a tire; a car tire, to be precise. He wakes up one day to find out he likes to roll over anything that gets in his way, but once something more solid crosses his path like a beer bottle is when things get even crazier.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Visually interesting but ultimately dumb. July 5, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I wanted to like this film, I really did. I was enamored with the trailer and couldn't wait to give this one a view. Where it ultimately failed for me is the, in my opinion, ham-fisted delivery of The Plot, at the beginning of the film, by Lieutenant Chad. It wasn't enough for the viewer (i.e. me) to interpret this as art, absurdity and an exercise in "fourth-wall" mechanics. I had to be told this at the very beginning,while also being simultaneously told it is this very technique in story telling which makes a great film and style. Initially I assumed the speech to the viewer/spectator was something a producer insisted to help sell the film so it wouldn't be too abstract, but since the spectators were actually intrinsic to the plot (such that it is), I now assume this was not the case. This pretentiousness quiet simply put the whole film off kilter for me and I couldn't help thinking that the director really believed he was making a masterpiece of cinematic art. Something in which only time will tell. I freely admit, I could not get over this view.

There is some good here, however. This film is actually beautifully shot and visually interesting despite its lackluster scenery. Quentin Dupieux has an eye for some simple and amazing visuals and this reason alone is why I lasted until the end.

This film will likely be loved by some and reviled by others, it is that kind of film. For me it was meh. Worth a viewing if you're curious or as an example of simple and quality cinematography.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The film's central plot is this: the on-screen audience is starved and then brutally murdered (poisoned with a turkey) after being distracted by an absurdest monster flick that plays out before them like a B movie on the nearby desert. This carefully planned slaughter stands in contrast to the chaotic rampage of Robert the Tire.

Does this slaying of average Americans happen for "no reason" as the opening monologue would have us believe? Or is the French writer/director pointing out that some Americans will gladly allow themselves to be poisoned (by trashy GMO food, for instance) as long as they are happily distracted by some kind of entertainment, no matter how bizarre, absurd or meaningless?

Having lived in Europe during the 90s, when GMO products were developed, and having seen how Europe refused, repeatedly, to import them, until forced to do so by the WTO--and still they found ways to get around the injunction, and only recently, France managed to ban yet another GM food--I remember the anger that Europeans of all countries felt toward average Americans--BECAUSE WE WEREN'T PAYING ATTENTION. Just as the on-screen audience in this film isn't paying attention to the true actions and motives of their officials, we allowed our industries to develop bizarre food technology and we then allowed our government to force it upon the world without adequate studies of health and environmental consequences.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Whoa.
Totally ridiculous movie that kept me interested the entire time! I watched it for the gore, I kept watching it because....I wanted to. :)
Published 1 day ago by ms. kerri
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. Not even an interesting concept. Don't waist your time.
Horrible. Not even an interesting concept. Don't waist your time. Very slow and ridiculous movie. I hope Amazon yanks this one off of Prime.
Published 2 days ago by James Carreno
1.0 out of 5 stars How did this movie ever get a 3 star rating ?
This was the most boring movie I have ever seen. Bad acting, no plot, and makes no sense. 2/3rds of the movie was just a tire laying on the ground , and sometimes it would stand... Read more
Published 17 days ago by R. Marshall
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
This movie has no appreciable plot, no acting, and poor direction. I was hoping for a good "campy" film, but this is awful.
Published 1 month ago by JHill
1.0 out of 5 stars Killer tire!! Really??
One of the silliest dumb movies I ever started to watch . Couldn't finish watching this movie. Just couldn't buy onto the idea of a killer tire.
Published 1 month ago by R. Balakir
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike Any Movie I've Seen
I'm a die hard horror film fan. This film reminded me of a nature documentary meets Milo and Otis meets Carrie. It was so random and I just loved it! Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Inked Butterfly
2.0 out of 5 stars sort of can't believe I watched this
Okay, so this movie is bad.
It's bad deliberately, I get that.
But it's not bad in the way they wanted it to be bad. It's just bad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David P Kleinschmidt
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange but funny at times
It is funny first time thru but hard to follow, has no story, second time you realize it's very boring.
Published 1 month ago by CathyJasper
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid
It starts out with a guy explaining why it will make no sense but it sounds like an apology. My family and I LOVE bad horror movies but this one we had to shut off after 20... Read more
Published 2 months ago by christina romo
1.0 out of 5 stars tried my best
Unfortunately as much as I wanted to give the movie a chance 20minutes was all I could suffer. The custom carved tire manages to stand up many times and explode a few things but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dj sj
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