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6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

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Vincenzo Natali

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nicole de Boer ... Leaven
Nicky Guadagni ... Holloway
David Hewlett ... Worth
Andrew Miller ... Kazan
Julian Richings ... Alderson
Wayne Robson ... Rennes
Maurice Dean Wint ... Quentin
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Storyline

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. Written by <dadroog@hotmail.com>

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The only way out lies within your own mind. See more »


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Rated R for some strong sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 July 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El cubo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 365,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,147, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$501,818
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When they get Rennes back into the room after he has been shot in the face with acid, the smoke comes from behind his head and not his face, like it should. See more »

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[Quentin and Holloway are discussing who could have made the cube]
Quentin: This place is... remember Scaramanga? The bad guy in "The Man With The Golden Gun?" It's some rich psycho's entertainment
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Unique but ultimately unsatisfying.
18 January 2000 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"Cube" is certainly a unique movie. The brilliant, absolutely irresistible premise grabs you instantly, and the production design keeps you impressed. The first hour of this picture was thoroughly engrossing and full of surprises; I would even call it "astonishing" if the actors didn't deliver some obviously forced, unnaturally "profound" speeches, and if the director didn't try to create dramatic moments by taking the easy way out - having the characters argue with each other all the time; if they acted as a team and tried to overlook their differences, THAT would have been the REALLY original approach. Still, the movie was fast-paced and fully engrossing.

And then, about 20 minutes before the end, it begins to collapse! The mathematical calculations become IMPOSSIBLE to decipher and follow. A major character changes his behavior completely. And the ending is a real disappointment. Some people have said it's "surprising"; I think it's a total cop-out. It doesn't provide any explanations, and it doesn't provide any clues for us to try to figure it out on our own. I watched the last five minutes three times. They leave you with an intense "THAT'S IT?" feeling.

Overall, this movie is definitely worth seeing, and the acting isn't nearly as bad as most people say, but be prepared for a HIGHLY unsatisfying ending. 6/10.


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