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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.
I only give it three stars because....well you know.
The movie is about the quest for self-awareness by a discarded tire.
Eventually, it recognizes its destiny is to liberate all the other tires in the world.
Minus one star, because it is clear that the humans lose at the end of the film.
There is actually a very deep religious sub-text to this film.
Humans are the tires' "creators."
The tire's main epiphany comes when it sees the creators tossing many tires onto a giant, sulpherous, burning fire.
Then, as it strikes back at the creators, the tire is eventually "killed" by a creator, and is resurrected as a child's toy, a tricycle (triune - get it) and brings other tires to self awareness.
There are no free turkey dinners, thats not extra pepperoni and that tire is a real jerk. Enjoy!
RUBBER is a movie about a killer tire. The film opens with a man (Jack Plotnick) standing out in the middle of the desert covered in binoculars. Then a car comes driving up a dirt road destroying a bunch of wooden chairs that have been set up as though they were orange safety cones. The car stops and a man in a police uniform (Stephen Spinella) gets out and begins talking into the camera. He gives a long monologue about in every great movie there is an element of something happening for "no reason" and that's what this movie is all about. He then dumps out the beverage in his hand and jumps back into the car and is driven off. Then the man with the binoculars begins passing out binoculars to a group of spectators standing behind roped off pillars. The people take their binoculars and turn around and begin watching the movie. Throughout the rest of the film RUBBER moves back and forth between the action of Robert the Tire and the audience. Towards the end of the movie, the audience actually becomes a part of the movie.
So, with the absurdist theatre element in place, the main "action" follows the deeds of Robert the Tire. It's never explained in the movie how or why (and Robert isn't even given a name, except in the special features and in promotional materials) Robert comes to be. He just rises out of the dirt and is.Read more ›
It's a shame because the scenes with the tire are really good. The director uses all practical effects and succeeds in making you believe that a living tire is doing these things. The scenes with the audience, however, feel like an apology for the movie, like the director assumed that people would hate it and decided to get his revenge on the people who can't suspend their disbelief and simply enjoy a killer tire.
The movie's worth a rental, just to see the tire, but it would have been much better if it was played straight.
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My daughter and i love this movie.
How can you go wrong with a tire that explodes peoples heads
This movie was the bomb. Absolutely changed my life. I will never be the same knowing that this film exists. Killer tire. Who knew?Published 20 days ago by Scott Standley
Absolutely a beautiful and magical movie that is something that should be enjoyed by everyone. 10/10 would reccommend. 10/10 would watch again.Published 1 month ago by Liam Quidore
A movie that is so much more than the story of a murderous tire.Published 1 month ago by Andrew J. Campbell
Had potential but fell flat, nonsensical premise, not entertaining at allPublished 1 month ago by Katie
I like that in the beginning of the movie they tell you it has no reason so you just keep watching it. I have already seen it 3 times showing other friends and they all liked it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I think this was well done for a movie with absolutely no point, as well as funny!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer