Monday, 4 July 2011
On the technical side of things, I must say I was quite surprised. This movie is beautifully shot. The camera work is some of the finest I have seen in a while. There are numerous points of view and focal points that are used that really make it a treat to watch. There is also a lot of humour and I found myself laughing a lot at the sheer idiocy of the situation and the unexpected comedy bits. Just when you think there might be some depth or progression, they throw a little comedic scene or shot at you that derails any consistency in the story. In this way it was a bit contradictory in how it made me feel. On the one hand, I was laughing a lot. And, on the other hand, I did start to find it quite boring. When it's boiled down, it is just a vibrating tire and heads exploding. That's it. Even with decent and unexpected comedy bits thrown in, they do prove that a movie does have to have some sort of progression to keep the interest of the audience.
Finally, the acting. It is piss poor for the most part with one exception. Stephen Spinella is great as the head cop. His acting is understated and believable which is really a coup for him because just about everything he is required to do and say in this movie is beyond ridiculous. But, for the rest of the cast, it is very bad with the odd exception of a good delivery here and there. I will note, though, that the script is pretty bad and they didn't have much to work with. But that doesn't justify the acting's poorness.
I give Rubber a See recommendation if you fit into one of two categories: first, you are a huge film buff and like to see different things and really cool camera work. Second, see it if you are in the mood for 80 minutes of idiocy and "no reason." That is not a bad thing if that's what you want. That's what got me to see it in the first place. But, for most of the people out there, I would say don't see it. It isn't for a casual "hey, let's watch a movie tonight" kind of evening. It takes a special and different kind of person to enjoy a film like Rubber. Most of the general population does not fit into this category and would feel like they've wasted their money.