Killer Tire

Bored of the conventional crap from Hollywood?  Look no farther than Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber (2010).  I haven’t seen a film quite like it —a pissed off sentient and telepathic tire named Robert emerges from the Mohave desert and goes on a killing spree. Now that’s original!  It borrows a bit from Spielberg’s Duel (1971) and The Car (1977), I guess, in having a story-line about an entity stalking a loner.  But there’s more than meets the eye.

We first meet the tire Robert crawling out of a rubbish heap in the desert. Robert doesn’t “drive”  so well at first.  He’s a youngling just learning to tread along.  I noticed there’s no rim or lead weights, so I understand why it is so wobbly.  It’s out of balance. With cholla cactus and Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) growing everywhere, it’s a wonder the tire doesn’t get a flat.  The Joshua Trees are a dead give-away for the location, and Rubber benefits from the Mohave setting where THEM! (1954) was shot.  The photography is terrific.  I don’t how it’s possible to make a wobbly tire interesting, but it works.  It’s not too interesting, but worth a look…

There’s a strange sub-plot with a group of spectators observing the tire and evolving story via binoculars.  They eat bad turkey and get food poisoning.   One hilarious asshole red-neck guy survives.  He doesn’t like the film within a film and expresses his displeasure.  Just get a flamethrower… “You can’t stop here man…”

My favorite scene: watching a tire propped up in a chair watching auto-racing.  Best line “You’re nuthin but a rubber shit…”  All in all, I was entertained by this weird quirky gem. Now I need to track down Dupieux’s film Steak (2007).  I have no idea what that flick is about.


One Response to “Killer Tire”

  1. Saw this listed on Showtime–will watch it the next time it comes on.

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