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Cube²: Hypercube (2002)

Cube 2: Hypercube (original title)
Eight strangers awaken with no memory, in a puzzling cube-shaped room where the laws of physics do not always apply.

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Andrzej Sekula

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Cast overview:
Kari Matchett ... Kate Filmore
Geraint Wyn Davies ... Simon Grady
Grace Lynn Kung ... Sasha
Matthew Ferguson ... Max Reisler
Neil Crone ... Jerry Whitehall
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Mrs. Paley
Lindsey Connell ... Julia
Greer Kent Greer Kent ... Becky Young
Bruce Gray ... Colonel Thomas H. Maguire
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... The General
Paul Robbins Paul Robbins ... Tracton
Andrew Scorer Andrew Scorer ... Dr. Phil Rosenzweig
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Eight strangers find themselves waking up in a strange cube-shaped room with no recollection of how they came to be there. Soon discovering that they're in a strange fourth dimension where our laws of physics don't apply, they have to unravel the secrets of the "hypercube" in order to survive... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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Cube²: Hypercube See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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While the characters are recalling the last things they remember before being in the Cube, Geraint Wyn Davies' character, Simon, states he was in New Haven. When the screen divides into different views, the shot on the right/upper right of the screen is an alternate take from another Lions Gate film Davies had a role in, American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002). The similar shot in American Psycho II can be seen shortly after 1 hour 6 minutes into that film. See more »

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Julia takes off her shoes and carries them with her for the rest of the film, but sometimes she has them in her hand as she climbs from room to room and sometimes she does not. See more »

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Colonel Thomas H. Maguire: Oh God, oh God. There has to be something.
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Colonel Thomas H. Maguire: Oh, shit. Goddamn it! Goddamn it! I mean, they're my numbers! Damn. Don't I at least get a shot at my numbers, you stupid fucks? I want a chance! God. I want a chance. God. I want a ...
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I expected so much after Cube. Luckily, Hypercube isn't bad.
4 February 2003 | by tenten76See all my reviews

First off, don't bother seeing this until you've seen Cube. You wouldn't miss much if you did, but you won't appreciate & enjoy it nearly as much. I heard this was more of a remake than a sequel, but actually it's a straight-out sequel.

Again, a seemingly random group of people are abducted and imprisoned in a possibly enormous matrix of anonymous Cube-shaped rooms, with doors in all six surfaces, and a number of fiendish & deadly booby traps (and scary noises). Hypercube (moving on from Cube) adds gravity, time and parallel universe traps into the mix.

It's good because: it's broadly similar to Cube, which was excellent. You're not immediately sure who will be standing at the end. The special effects are a bit 'clean' looking, but very smart. And there are some funny moments in this one.

But it's not brilliant because: the plot is a little too clear (and simple), whereas Cube really worked because it was unexplained and ambiguous. The characters seemed to fit the same sort of roles as in the first movie. And there's a fair bit of hammy over-acting, deliberate comedy, and a curious lack of desperation & fear (whereas Cube was superb in all these respects).

There are a lot of well-intentioned sequels which (by their very nature) cannot string you along with the same 'fear of the unknown' in the original, and this is the case here. I also believe that having access to a bigger budget for a sequel is often a bad thing, since it's easier to go for flashy special effects at the expense of story, acting & dramatic tension - as in this case. (brilliant opening credits though)

But Hypercube - although not as good as Cube - does work as 'next step' sort of sequel. I was just surprised I laughed so often, without it ruining the film for me.

If they make a third one (the ending does indicate that they could), they should spend the vast part of the budget on a really good concept/script & director, get really-good-but-unknown STAGE actors (Hypercube came across as more of a soap-opera level of acting), and go back to the ingeniously wicked & creative traps a la Cube - because the CGI route does not look like a road worth following any further..


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