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Figuring out which rooms are safe, and where the exit is, proves to be a complex and intellectual exercise. Maybe too complex. Even mathematical people like myself eventually will have gotten tired of the twists in the puzzle and algorithm.
Add in that you don't really care for any of the characters, and you're not really engaged. It's just a mathematical exercise, and an overly complex one at that.
Not helping the engagement are some fairly weak performances. Nicky Gaudagni, as Holloway, is the worst of the bunch. Cringeworthy. It was very difficult to like her character at all. David Hewlett and, to a lesser extent, Nicole de Boer are the only ones who give credible performances.
Intriguing, but not a must-see.
Cube is essentially an equal parts nihilistic and humanitarian drama wrapped in a sci-fi/horror shell. It's not just a movie about survival. It's a movie about one's purpose, or lack thereof. The inner struggles and choices made by characters are just as important as the external physical challenges of the maze in which they find themselves. The characters are, for the most part, richly developed and most people will find themselves rooting for and against most of the characters at different moments. They are layered, flawed and fairly realistic depictions of real people in a horrible situation, trying to cling to humanity. That being said, there are a few credibility gaps with some of the talents of certain characters and with the overall premise, but this is not an odd or overly distracting flaw for a science fiction movie.
I want to call out a couple things that were particularly impressive about this film. First of all, this was cast on a short budget with no A-listers, but most of the actors/actresses were memorable and believable as the characters they were given to portray. These are the types of roles given to journeymen character actors that may call to mind something such as "Hey, it's that guy/girl from Cube!" if you come across him or her in a different film playing a minor role. Keeping on message about the impressive nature of the film with the budget allowed, the set design and the effects are absolutely great, considering the budget. Heck, they are great on any budget. I've seen SEVERAL blockbuster films from the same time period that looked way worse from a graphical standpoint. This was a visual joy to watch.
The only place this movie lost any love from me is that the ending wasn't quite "for me." That's not to say it was a bad ending, but it wasn't what I was looking for personally. However, I did feel completely impacted and emotionally heavy after the movie, which is always a sign that the director landed the final punch of the movie as intended.
The influence of this creative movie, whether direct or indirect, has been felt subsequently in several other horror and thriller movies of the 2000's. Saw II instantly is brought to mind with elements of the premise and many of the character dynamics in play. Don't let that dissuade you from watching this if you are not a fan of the Saw franchise, though, as this movie's gore ratio is much lower and really only used to highlight certain scenes instead of as a driving force.
This is a 9/10 movie for me that easily could be swayed to a 10 on repeat viewings and while noticing more details. Just remember: this is as much of a character-driven drama as it is a horror movie. It is NOT a slasher movie and it is not a GORE movie, although there are a few instances of gore. I'd recommend this to fans of the related genres as a creative and landmark film that really made the most of its budget and premise.
The characters suddenly awaken within the 'Black Iron Prison' of the Cube, aware of the predicament they are in, aware of the malevolence in the design of the universe. They, in their discussions, discover that humans built this Cube, that they and not a god are responsible for the evil state of human society that brought about this deathtrap and fed them into it.
The numerology of the rooms is a clue pointing to a higher intelligence outside the Cube and its human builders. The characters find that they were wrong to move from their original room, that trying to discover a way out through their own intelligence (and not by a god) only led them astray and into ruin. The idiot-savant character represents how one must 'become like a child' to become saved, only through a god can come salvation.
I am not sure if the creators of this film are portraying their own beliefs or if they are portraying a theology that they disagree with because it makes for a good horror scenario. Either way, this is a very interesting and well-made movie that has a hidden layer of depth that is meant to pass by most people unnoticed.
Well acted, unpredictable and fleshed out characters. Mysterious, suspenseful and claustrophobic setting. Smartly written puzzles and traps.
Unsatisfying finale. Leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
This is not science fiction in the fun "let's fly around and shoot lasers" sense, although I do enjoy those movies. This is science fiction in the "here's an idea, how might this idea play out?" sense.
If you enjoy starting inside the action and trying to figure movies out, then hoo boy, you are in for a treat. There are few movies that scratch that particular nightmare/sci-fi/thriller/mystery itch the way Cube does.
Reactions can be mixed. The movie makes a couple of poignant statements about human nature. It also doesn't explicitly answer all the questions presented. If viewers like or don't like these decisions, it seems to make or break the movie for them. Speaking for myself, I found Cube's mystery-to-payoff ratio extremely satisfying. I'm glad the filmmakers left a few things up to the viewer to chew-on, well after the movie is over.
I truly wish there were more sci-fi films like this. If you know of any that you'd recommend, please comment or send them along.
A large portion of the first act is devoted to character development; Police Officer Quentin soon takes the role of group leader and tasks each individual with describing their memory prior to winding up in the cube. Quentin also tries to stir Worth, a disheveled man who has just come to, and to calm Leaven, a young woman who is petrified with fear. Meanwhile, Doctor Holloway has been paranoid and fixated on their mystery kidnapper's motives since she was pulled in through a side entrance. A man by the name of Rennes ignores this fiasco and wastes no time in discovering that they have been placed in a series of endless of cubical rooms. Rennes identifies himself as a seven-time prison escape artist and works the airlock-style doors on the face of each wall, testing each room for traps. The group is hopeful that Rennes will lead them to an exit, but this hope is short lived. Rennes fails to detect a motion detector in one of the rooms and the rest watch in horror as he is sprayed with chemicals that disintegrate his face and kill him instantly.
From this moment on the situation escalates from a hostage situation as the group realizes their lives are on the line. The allure of Cube lies in the race against the clock to 'crack the code.' Young math student Leaven finds a pattern which helps them shuffle through the maze for hours. After they hit an impasse, once uninvolved Worth breaks silence to reveal dire information that could save them. Just when things couldn't get any more bizarre, the four strangers acquire a fifth to their team who offers a hidden talent. The plot advances with anxiety-inducing suspense that the viewer easily becomes invested in. Plot twists wait at every turn and heighten the intrigue of the story. The audience will want to join the fateful five in attempting to solve the puzzle. In the end only one will make it out alive.
Don't watch it if you are expecting to see something good, to which you would devote your whole attention though.
The story, though absurd, is quite simple, and perhaps a bit empty at times - montages of the actors' faces and of cubes fill in sequences in between dialogue.
The actors were terrible, and that is one thing that made this film go down. the characters were a bit caricatured. perhaps some more effort could have been made in script writing / dialogues to make it less of a yell match, and more of some sort of performance.. then again, it might just come from the actors.
In the beginning I was relatively enthusiastic, but the whole of the interaction in it takes a wannabe philosophical twist where you aren't really sure what they want to say - though whatever they want to say didn't seem that interesting or relevant anyways. it seemed like they just wanted to sent in the kind of thoughts one can have when paranoiac, perhaps.
In any case ; absurd and entertaining, but somewhat dull, repetitive and not that well played.
The characters are mostly likable, but there are some overly irritating scenes. Pointless arguing is a true result of high stress, however it doesn't make for an engaging movie.
We are never answered why. If you've seen any of these minimalist psychological movies, you'll understand. Very few answer any protagonist questions. This it is an endeavor into peoples behavior when they are stressed to the point of breaking. It's done well enough to be entertaining, but satisfies as much as a rice cake.
The film is pretty much is about a group of people who're complete strangers to each other and are different occupations, one a Police Officer, one a Doctor, one a Math-Majored student, one a Architect, one a prisoner/escaped artist, and one a Mentally Challenged Individual, all trapped inside a mysterious Cube-like building with thousand of rooms, multiple with deadly traps and some without any, which is only proved first with a prime mathematical answer on a door entrance, which is seen on every single one. But with Kazan's (The mentally challenged Character) bad behavior, they may be on a high risk of not being able of getting out alive.
To begin with this, I shelled talk about the characters first, beginning with the Cop Quentin. He's such your stereotypical cop as he just a big jerk in the group despite taking their lead, which take me to the next character Worth (The Architect dude) who (Spoiler Alert) is one of the creators of the cube technically as he helps design it, he seems to be at first the film's Antagonist and Quentin being the hero, until we kinda slowly seen these characters taking the opposite way around as Quentin becomes more of a psychopath killing Holloway (The doctor) by purposely dropping her as she attempted to see there a way to get down from a door that just so happened to be a entrance out of the cube, and earlier threatens to kill Kazan for almost having him accidentally kill in another trap that was Sound Activated, and then soon decide to attempts to raped Leaven (The Mathematical Student) and then attempted to killed Worth twice by throwing him into two rooms that he thought were possibly traps, and then finally succeed in doing so, well kinda, by stabbing both him and Leaven (Which kills her) and attempted to make his move on Kazan as he about to walked out the true entrance of the cube, just to only be stopped by a Mortally wounded Worth which lead to Quentin's fate by being torned-apart by the Door shifting again. This kinda what Quentin's character stand-out as the true villain and I don't know how others would view this, but I think it a nice twist of showing Quentin being the bad guy and Worth not, speaking of Worth who I forgot to talk about him, I thought he was a alright character, he actually responsible not just for creating the Cube, but the best scene in the whole film as being quite emotional which is right around when we learned about him, especially him shouting "THERE NO WAY OUT!" which was just amazing. David Hewlett who plays Worth, and by far the only recognizable actor in the whole film, except I do know the chick who plays Leaven also plays a main character in a season of "Star Terk: Deep Space Nine" and that it, should considered this movie the upbringing of his career. Leaven I don't really have that much to say about her, just she a math Genius of the group, but I'm going to admit, she is kinda pretty:). Holloway was kinda of a nice character to watch, her conversations/relationship with Quentin was kinda interesting to see, and so her relationship with Kazan, as she the only one of the group who seems to have support for him as being someone with mental retardation, and her death was disappointing to see as it would been more nice to see her seeing Kazan's Intellectual secrets. Speaking of Kazan, I'll get to him now, as he is my second favorite of the group, as he sorta like me, as being someone who both have a Intellectual Disability and is on the Autism Spectrum, much like Kazan as he is later classified Autistic, I can totally relate to him, and it always nice to see him on Screen, according to me, and I'm glad he was the only survivor of the group, and as after-all it would been kinda harsh to have a Handicap character getting killed, the same with children. And last and not least, and I did decide to save this one for last, my favorite of the group with a huge disappointment about him however, the Escapist Rennes A.K.A. the "Wren". He was just a great character to see as one he's a old timer and that he just seems to be quite wise, which makes him cool. His death is like my biggest problem with this film however, how it not really a general problem he dies, it just too early, early as it was before we're introduced to Kazan. But over-all despite his death, I still find him enjoyable and interesting to watch.
Cube is just a fantastic film of Mystery, Thriller, and Horror, it must be watched. Also if you like the Saw series, or want to see a film that is like a strange mash-up of "Rain-Man" and "Saw", this is totally for him. Just great.
HOW MINDNUMBINGLY STUPID THAT MOVIE WAS? I couldn't believe it.... From the beginning the movie focus more on the philosophical part than the survival and mystery part. All the metaphors and the analogies about society and humanity as a whole that is stupid and evil, in the end it seems to conclude that humanity is like the crazy cop. Violent, sexist and wants to have power and control....ye ye ye...what a bunch of horseshit. It's what a teenager in the 90s thought about the world...You know what? That opinion even then was outdated!! It's just plain stupid. The young girl said at one point: ''Even when I was 7 I felt guilty for ruining the world" Wait what?!!!! If a 7 year old feel this way they should go see a child psychiatrist ASAP!! Come on the world is not evil the world is not stupid it's just the world...Sure there are a lot of bad things going on but still there are a lot of good things too. This movie throws every stereotype and cliché in your face. Even when it doesn't seem to make any sense! When the cop kills the doctor everything was going well but suddenly the cop changes expression like a demon possessed him all of a sudden he seem to think oh gee everything is going OK we might get out of here why don't I kill the doctor of the group..... OK he was aggressive but there is a gap between being aggressive and angry and start killing people....also the way it progresses is very bad..One time a puzzle the next a stereotype next all humanity is evil and stupid next one guy gets batshit crazy and starts killing people...wtf was going on??!!! Jesus..
To conclude the movie focuses on stupid philosophical ideas and not on the mystery,it leaves you no choice to judge for yourself and the characters are badly written. It uses the cube as a mean to pass stupid metaphors and a very false perspective on the world and humanity...The dialogue is laughable, the characters represent something else and the movie is getting more and more ridiculous as time progresses.
It's just a very bad movie full of stupid ideas and views funny at some parts and ridiculous in others.
I've seen better films done with a guy and a girl in a coffee shop. A good film starts with the script. This script is something I would not read. It's just not good. A prison of random people who have to navigate from room to room inside a cube doing math. What? Why?
What would a bigger budget mean? More cube rooms? More colors? Higher profile actors?
You could get Tom Cruise, Clooney, Theron and co. and this still wouldn't be a better film.
Nothing is explained at the end. I don't know why anyone would design a cube like that or have a prison with the possibility of an escape if you work together. Even in ancient times there were prisons were you can't escape. So why would the military-industrial complex build such a weak prison?
It is implied that the state is responsible for this, not some psycho like Saw.
But what's the point?
Alderson unfortunately didn't get enough screen time, being "cubed" in the opening scene which was terrifying and really got you off your cinema seat. Alderson didn't know what hit him, and I wonder if even for a few seconds he was alive after being sliced and diced unexpectedly? Anyway, maybe there should be a prequel which deals with the Alderson backstory. Kind of like Cube: Rogue One or something like that.
There's no much sense in making quality remake, cause originality is main charm of this story, and this movie completely wasted that awesome idea. When movie ended I felt sad and angry at the same time. Idea deserves 10/10, realization is maybe 4/10, so we have weak 7 movie out of what should have been 11/10 masterpiece...
There is a hidden message behind this movie with conspiracy theories, the failure of mankind and how it will inevitably destroy itself. What was surprising is that many of the actors starring in this movie were from England (or at least were born there). It's no surprise that the director of this movie directed the excellent Cypher and Splice two excellent sci fi movies. Pity none of the actors in this movie went on to have stellar careers, there's not much justice in the world.