Maurice Dean Wint (Quentin), Nicole de Boer (Leaven),
Nicky Guadagni (Holloway), David Hewlett (Worth), Wayne Robson (Rennes), Andrew Miller (Kazan), Julian Richings (Alderson)
Six strangers awaken in an interlocking prison of
cube-shaped rooms, some of which are booby trapped.
Cube is a geniusly inventive science fiction thriller
which makes the most of it's one-set locations with atmospheric photography and taut editing. The film is left open and ambiguous, which make it even better, as some could argue that all the
answers would ruin a beautiful thing.
A few black marks are received for some rather tawdry
dialogue ("Of course, X plus Y is the power of Z squared. How could I be so foolish?") and a couple of ropey performances, aside from that, it's a brilliant piece of low budget
CUBE 2: HYPERCUBE (15)
D: Andrzej Sekula
Lions Gate (Ernie Barbarash, Peter Block & Suzanne
Canada 🇨🇦 2002
W: Sean Hood
DP: Andrzej Sekula
Ed: Mark Sanders
Mus: Norman Orenstein
Kari Matchett (Kate Filmore), Geraint Wynn Davies (Simon
Grady), Grace Lynn Kung (Sasha / Alex Trusk), Neil Crone (Jerry Whitehall)
The fantastic 1997 movie Cube didn't need a sequel and, to be
honest, this isn't one... It owes more to The Matrix than the original movie, featuring much of the same premise from the first film except this time the interlocking prison-like cubes can now
play tricks with time as well as space. Unfortunately, the film has far too many glaring plotholes to be taken seriously and is actually quite insulting to its audience which the writer must
think are imbeciles.
CUBE ZERO (15)
D: Ernie Barbarash
Lions Gate (Suzanne Colvin Goulding & Jon
Canada 🇨🇦 2004
W: Ernie Barbarash
DP: François Dagenais
Ed: Mitchell Lackie & Mark Sanders
Mus: Norman Orenstein
Zachary Bennett (Eric Wynn), Stephanie Moore (Cassandra
Raines), Martin Roach (Robert P. Haskell), Michael Riley (Jax)
The first Cube movie may have been left with an ambiguous
ending and many questions unanswered, but it really didn't need to be elaborated on or explored.
Anyone expecting a genesis tale from this supposed prequel
will most definitely be disappointed, as this is nothing of the sort. Instead, this is a virtual retread of the first film, with much of action taking place outside the cubes walls, therefore
removing any of the tension and mystery which came with the first film.
The story actually borders on parody come the halfway point
and finishes up with an ending which is rather insulting, not just to this movie, but to the original film. Ignore this and the other pathetic attempt for a sequel, just watch the first movie and
leave any questions at the door.