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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rubber

If Samuel Beckett made low budget horror movies instead of writing novels and plays, he might have made this darkly hilarious film about a radial belted serial killer. Thank goodness director Quentin Dupieux has the Irish writer’s same sense of the comically absurd. Rubber is the story of an abandoned tire who wakes up one day in the desert, digs itself out of the sand and starts rolling down the road looking for things to destroy with his telekenetic powers. It doesn’t matter if it’s an empty beer bottle, a cute little rabbit or a human being. If it gets in the tire’s way, it’s going to explode. Why the tire is killing things or how it got the power to do it in the first place is beside the point. It just does.

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