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I enjoyed the original Cube, and I enjoyed this one as well. Granted, they are not on the same level (Cube: suspense, mystery)(Hypercube: visual eye candy) but both can be enjoyed. My only really big complaint is this........Jerry. I was p***ed off when he kept being killed. He was the only character who I really liked. I am still upset by his deaths. Oh...one more complaint. The traps were missing. Besides that, I enjoyed Hypercube.
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As every Cube fan knows, the first Cube was a totally original movie, made with a small budget and an unknown cast which deserved a hell of a lot more recognition around the globe than it got.
Cube delivered a totally original concept and considering the actors weren't well known, they all pulled off great performances. Unfortunately...this was not the case with it's sequel, Cube 2: HyperCube.
Before I start dribbling on about how bad Cube 2 was, I must confess I didn't find anything wrong with the CGI effects, even if they were small budget.
The CGI effects were probably the best thing about the movie. The acting however, at times was nothing compared to the performances that the original Cube cast gave. The acting did seem very forced at times, and slightly OTT.
I don't want to go too deep into what happens in Cube 2, for obvious reasons. But I will say this, it doesn't really cover any new ground and whats really missing, is the gruesomely yet cleverly done deaths of each character, this really did let the movie down. Some of the new characters also seem very reminiscent to the original cast.
Overall, Cube 2 covers very little new ground, and like the original, it has an even worse ending.
Well i think this movie was better than the first despite its average visual effects. The hyper cube concept and the other time, dimension etc..stuff were more interesting i think. The detective guy was a very funn guy by the wayy:)))
I had seen the first and enjoyed it.
i was EXTREMELY DECEIVED by hypercube ... EXTREMELY
i usually enjoy weird, far fetched movies. but this just goes too far.
The original movie was good, it was far fetched. based on a rubik's cube, even though humanly impossible, its still a little down to earth.
but hypercube is just insane. its some sort of virtual reality where space and time are screwed up. there's multiplicity, teletransportation, time alterations. it jsut goes too far. a rubiks cube is something we all played with (got mad at) when we were kids. and yes, its all about math. it was something that could be solved, in some way. im no math geek, yet i enjoy that sort of thing. hyper cube is plain impossible, it MAY be some theoretical thing, but no one ever heard of them, would even have a clue how it works. oh wait! it doesnt ...
it just didnt make ANY sense, from beginning to end.
i must also say the acting was quite horrible. feels like the producer just got some people, and told them their lines, the story didnt seem to matter.
but what really annoyed me was the "hacker" thing. i mean common, did the writter really think the average person would get hooked because it was a hacker who thought about it???
once again, hackers are bad guys.
"he programed the virus who crashed the tokyo stock exchange two years ago"
"he's the one who broke into the airtraffic control grid and crashed the two jets in nevada to protest military spending"
give me a break.
this is even less intelligent than password swordfish, where programming is all those pretty 3d cubes he was assembling.
the old dumb grandma that would blabber about anything, in some incoherent way was done quite unrealistically, id say it was annoying and pointless. yet she was a theoretical mathmatician.
oh and the erotic scene was probably only there for the trailer to attract prepubescent boys.
the ending was even worse then the rest of the movie, proving once again that this whole thing was plain impossible, yet again pointless.
- impossible concept (AND POINTLESS) - "hackers" - very poor acting - theres too much bad stuff to say
i felt like throwing my 19" monitor out the window, im glad i didnt pay too much to see it.
dont take my word for it though. Get a couple friends over, split the cost of the rental, be sure to be atleast 10 because paying 50 cents is already a rip off for this title. hell, get some overtime instead.
oh, and the sets are really good too!
The characters are far less developed or as interesting as the protganists
in the original Cube, and the plot seems to have been written by somebody
who saw the first film and missed the point. From the shiny white set to
the low-budget CG, everything just seems - well, tacky.
There's a fair amount of improvisation by the actors, which in theory could've made things tenser and more convincing - but sadly it's not of a very great standard. It's almost like the director simply told the actors "you're trapped in a cube and you don't know why" and let them get on with it - a Kafka-esque take on the popular comedy improv show. Whose Cube Is It Anyway?
That said, Hypercube is not a terrible film by any means, and it does have its moments. But if you're a fan of the first Cube, this sequel is likely to disappoint.
I was expecting this to suck, based on the littany of comments here from
what sound like frustrated scientists. Hey, I graduated from a top
engineering school, and this movie didn't pain me at all.
Considering that the location had to be practically identicle to the original Cube, the writers took the story into new enough directions to make it very interesting. The alternate timelines/parallel universes was neat and well portrayed, and enough questions from the first movie were answered while opening up plenty of entirely new ones. The effects were also excellent, based on my experience in the Entertainment Industry, and what their budget probably was. Finally, the acting was better than the first, in my opinion, although it's no Casablanca. :)
If you liked Cube, you'll probably want to see this one anyway, like I did. It's a fun trip with some neat surprises, and certainly worth renting on DVD.
What a disappointing sequel... it looked like a farce.
Upon arrival none of the characters seems to be desperate, it's like they're on a holiday camp, greeting each other. Then it's only after the 32d minute that the question "how do you get in there?" is being asked... duh ! The answers being pictured in frames, a visual plagiat of "the Thomas Crown affair" and of the "Boston strangler" shifting you to the early seventies.
Then the dialogs... the computer geek fumbles into the totally empty hanged man's case for half a minute before stating: "there's nothing in there", I thought the girl was the blind one... big shot on her shattered dark glasses later on by the way.. as if it ever mattered that she lost them? Then the caricatures: a mass murderer, a bimbo, an old nut.. I was bracing myself for Santa Claus's appearance behind every next door. Next time I want some good time-paradox story, I'll watch for Star Trek re-runs.
Oh those Canadians! Ya gotta love an indictment of the American
military-industrial complex helmed by our friends to the North. And then
there's the guy with the speech impediment on top of his strong Canuck
accent. Yes, the dialog leaves a lot to be desired. The film lacks the
suspense of its predecessor. The cgi comes off rather flat.
Points for the harrowing death of Queer As Folk's Fetch's boyfriend. The first film is the stronger, but this one ain't so bad in comparison. When's phase 3?
if you're reading this, you might be looking for an explanation but I'm
not going to attempt to explain it because its really not very
difficult to decipher and what is decipherable is very short and thin
or disappointing anyway, this sure isn't inception or butterfly effect.
The film is quite convoluted but only because its so underdeveloped.
The tight budget and focus on effects probably contributed. I feel like
it was made with intentions of a 3rd soon after, to put the lame-o
explanation to rest and cure any frustrations this sequel induced, but
here we are 8 years later and still no follow-up. Yet it is the news
that Cube 3 finally starting to take form that has brought me here.
I decided to watch hypercube the other day for the first time in a few years and while I like it more each time, I continue to feel the budget and focus on effects are what put this excellent idea in jeopardy. With sci-fi of today like inception, butterfly effect and numerous TV series with episodes of time travel and/or alternate realities, I think there could've been a lot more here. Running less than 90 minutes, this could have been half an hour longer, at least. With that being said, I liked the use of alternate times and realities throw in the mix. Had this aspect of the story been taken more seriously, I think this film could've easily surpassed the original. We see several different views of alternate realities that don't happen, which is my biggest beef. For example, seeing whats-his-name stab Mrs. Paley and get his head knocked off, and later, seeing Kate get her head knocked off, these things do not happen to our characters. At least one of the alternates DID happen to our characters. I'm just looking for some consistency. I noticed Kate on the other side of the collapsing wall (first trap) this time around and unfortunately that was the only real use of the films time-travel-potential (I think I just invented a concept, the way to surprise an audience with the use of time travel in film). I liked it, but this idea gave me tons of more ideas for me to make a film of my own. This is, I'm sure, where the budget likely hurt the story potential. I loved whats-his-name getting stabbed in the eye, running to the next room, and there's whats-his-name, aged several years and fired-up to the 3rd power. There are many instances in this film that are a sci-fi fan-boys wet dream but not all of it works, in the given runtime. Still, I like this, but maybe only because of the lack of explanation at the end? while I would like to know what the deal was with Alex Trust and the reason Kate was sent inside to retrieve the "object," I'm willing to bet not knowing is why I really appreciate it.
Somebody give Darren Aronofsky, Richard Kelly, or why not even Chris Nolan, a phone call and hire them for a reboot! the POTENTIAL
Cube was an awesome plot. Incredibly original and a real thriller. It
glued me for 2 hours completely. Though the acting in CUBE was simply
AWFUL. This one comes with better faces, better acting and a highly
complex idea. Messed it up completely. Will throw your expectations to
ground if you are too excited to see something more terrifying and
paranoia like the first one. Miserable as a sequel but watchable as an
effort! Still have to watch the third part. Lets see if it gathers the
bits and pieces that hypercube lost!
Cube : 8/10 Hypercube : 5/10
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