Rubber is a difficult film to review. First off, it’s incredibly independent. For this reason alone, a lot of people may choose to not see it. It doesn’t have the big budget appeal, or the fast-paced action that usually accompanies some independent horror films. Instead, Rubber focuses on the absurd, and does so in an extraordinary fashion.
You genuinely have to at least watch the trailer if you haven’t yet.
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But what is Rubber even about? Well, the film opens with a town sheriff explaining to the audience some absurdist concepts and then allows the viewer some time to think about these concepts as the film begins - as a lone tire rises out of the sand…and begins independently rolling around in the desert.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You have to bear with me though, because as bizarre as this concept sounds, it is executed extremely well. The point of the film is to suspend your disbelief. You are left watching a tire interact with other animals and even major characters within the story. All of this is done as a side plot carries on that features some of the most interesting concepts I’ve seen within a film. It felt very much like a big budget stage play, and I think it suited the way the film addresses the audience.
What the film lacks in action, it makes up for in writing. The film is purposely absurd, taking intentional twists and turns that end up confusing the audience, and the characters within the film itself. Despite the lack of any B or even C-list actors in the film, each character does a sufficient job and add to the ridiculous way the film presents itself.
Sometimes the film seems a bit too preposterous - and this may be due to the fact that I have never seen anything like it before. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to watch something different for once. It’s not a computer-generated special effects extravaganza, it’s not a weepy melodrama about relationships - it’s an absurdist stage play brought to life for film and it’s GOOD. I’ll be purchasing this.