Think of the most absurd idea you’ve ever seen for a movie – was it a demon possessed car killing people, a group of killers being hunted on an alien planet or perhaps it was a rich man in battle armor swooping around the city beating up bad guys?
Regardless of all the absurd movie premise ideas you’ve encountered, none can compare to the idea behind Quentin Dupieux’s upcoming indie horror film, Rubber. The movie has been playing at film festivals overseas since last year and has garnered a lot of praise and attention for its originality and its creative vision of a killer.
Up to now, the teaser trailer and images from the film didn’t really help tell the story of Rubber but the trailer below really gives a better look at the tone and humor audiences can expect to see on-screen. Take and look and see what you think:
Just in case it wasn’t entirely clear from the trailer, here is the official synopsis for Rubber:
RUBBER is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and 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 without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages.
Dupieux says this film is a tribute to the cinematic concept of “no reason”. That is to say, why is there a rimless tire rolling around the desert killing people? Why does the tire have telepathic abilities? Why is the tire named Robert? The answer: no reason, it just is.
Rubber was written and directed by Quentin Dupieux and stars Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Roxane Mesquida, Ethan Cohn and Charley Koontz. Magnet, a sister studio to Magnolia Pictures, has two other films besides Rubber coming out this year that we are looking forward to – Black Death and Troll Hunter.
I’ve seen other websites talking badly about this film and how absurd or “stupid” the concept of a killer tire is for a film. But these sites also complain about the lack of original material coming out of Hollywood, in the form of sequels, reboots and merchandise films based on board games, video games and toys.
Look, we can’t have it both ways - I say give Dupieux a chance and let’s see what he can do with Rubber. It may very well turn out to be an instant cult-classic.
Rubber rolls out On Demand February 25th, 2011 and in theaters April 1st, 2011.
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