One thing about Saw and its sequels: it didn’t take much to figure out what they were about.
It will take slightly more, but only slightly, to get a fix on Rubber:
The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired US rights to RUBBER, a cult hit at Cannes Critic’s Week that tells the unlikely story of a murderous tire (yes, a tire) with terrifying telepathic powers. Directed by Quentin Dupieux (Steak, Nonfilm), 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 telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to wreak havoc on small desert creatures and various lost items, his attention soon turns to humans, resulting in the most gory vehicular-related mayhem inflicted on screen by an “inanimate” object since Christine.
Perhaps he was under a lot of pressure.
The “Cuban” above, incidentally, is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; he and Todd Wagner were partners in Broadcast.com, which made their fortunes.
(Brought to my attention by Agent Bedhead’s associate Mr Atoz.)