| There is hope for any aspiring filmmaker with a digital camera to make an independent movie on a shoestring budget. Proof positive is this bizarre cinematic experiment with a built-in curiosity factor from legendary electro musician Quentin Dupieux aka Mr. Oizo.
This unique movie takes place in the California desert. A car drives through a maze of chairs. A man dressed like a police officer (Stephen Spinella) emerges from the trunk. He appears to break the “fourth wall” by talking directly to the audience about the nonsensical concept of “no reason” that is prevalent in all movie plots and directorial decisions. He is really introducing this film to a group of spectators that include a man in a wheelchair (Wings Hauser). Another man posing as an accountant (Jack Plotnick) hands out binoculars to each member of the group. They look off in the distance at a garbage dump.
A dust-covered tire given the name Bob in the end credits starts rotating and comes to life. Once it gets its bearings, it starts rolling. Bob has telepathic powers and delights in destroying things. He starts eliminating discarded inanimate objects and small creatures. Bob then starts killing humans by blowing off their heads. He becomes love struck by an attractive girl (Roxane Mesquida) who he follows to a seedy motel. He watches her take a shower. He then occupies an adjoining room and watches NASCAR racing on television.
A funny scene occurs when the police are gathering a descriptive profile of Bob. They ask about the brand and whether the tire is black and/or worn. The final showdown takes place after Bob has been on the loose for nearly one week. After it looks like this strange homicidal villain has ceased to exist, Dupieux throws another curveball and leaves you with an unbelievable surprise ending.
Dupieux manages to turn movie watching into a spectator sport. This whimsical social commentary on imaginative storytelling drives home the point that we will watch almost anything for no apparent reason.
The amplified sound effects and the remarkable mobility displayed by Bob without resorting to computer-enhanced special effects are the film’s greatest strengths. If you have 82 minutes to kill, you may derive a strange fascination from this pointless and utterly preposterous movie. This weird and wacky spoof is opening exclusively at the Screenland Crossroads.
Keith Cohen "The Movie Guy"