DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 83 minutes, four interviews, teaser
camera tests, HDNet featurette, theatrical trailer
VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: Spanish subs, English close captioning
Magnet Releasing/ Realitism Films/ Elle Driver/ Arte France Cinema/ 1.85 Films/ Backup Films/ Sindika Dokolo/ Canal+/
Magnolia Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 6-7-2011
Robert, an inanimate tire, suddenly comes
to life in the desert for no reason. The tire starts to destroy objects and animals
before it moves on to telekinetically burst people heads like something out of SCANNERS.
Meanwhile, onlookers with binoculars watch the destruction the tire wrecks.
The police try to stop the tire while a sociopath accountant (with orders from an unseen boss) looks after the onlookers.
RUBBER is a film within a film. The onlookers are supposed to represent the audience while technically they could
be just a diversion to keep the viewer watching. The onlookers are watching
the action of the film. Writer/ director Quentin Dupiex weaves a film overflowing with manic comedy and mayhem. He
knowingly winks at his audience and the onlookers even point out the stuff that doesn't make sense in the story. The lead highway cop (Stephen Spinella) is in on the joke as he starts the film with a speech about
the "No Reason" (after getting out of a trunk of a police car). Then
you have the bizarre behavior of the tire as you wonder if the tire is in love with the young woman (Roxane Mesquida) who
stays at the hotel. RUBBER is entertaining even though it does act like
a bizarre B movie you would see at drive-ins, midnight theater screenings in big cities,
or on USA Up All Night (a weekend night showing of B movies that used to air on USA Network several years ago complete
with a host) or even that Saturday night movie show TNT used to air with host Jo Bob Briggs.
RUBBER winks and acknowledges those type of films while making the viewer a part of the experience.
The interview with writer/
director Quentin Dupieux is tongue-in-check as he speaks in French with an inflatable blow-up doll posing as
The interviews with actors
Rozanne Mesquida, Stephen Spinella, and Jack Plotnick are more straight-forward and still interesting to watch. HDNet:
A LOOK AT RUBBER is a little different from standard HDNet promo featurettes as you have a film critic talking about the film
mixed with interviews and film clips. Rounding out the extras are the original theatrical trailer,
RUBBER Teaser Camera Tests, and previews for other Magnolia Home Entertainment releases.
FINAL ANALYSIS: RUBBER
is a strange beast of a film with loads of humor and violence. It is unlike any film I have seen this year.
this DVD review is (c)6-7-2011
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