Cube

June 13th, 2005

It's been a while since I've done a movie review but this one's so unique that it's worth mentioning.

It's the kind of movie that I both love and hate, because it both challenges and frustrates me. In this case it's far more good than bad, because it's so engrossing. The premise is that 7 people get trapped somehow in a cube. A cube of square rooms, not knowing where they are in the cube or how they got there. Some of the rooms are trapped, going into them is imminent death. The people are all very different in background and personality, the flick has its share of psychological skirmish. But most perplexing is the configuration of the cube and how they are trying to get out of it. Along the way of course we find out something about each person and they all influence in each other in how they respond to the evolving situation.

I'm not a fan of gore stuff and there isn't that much of it in the movie (at least considering how much more there potentially could be) but that's the major downside for me. I'm also not satisfied by the ending, of course I rarely am even with stories less complicated than this one. But the story being told is fascinating and I can see it being one of those times where every viewer takes something unique out of it, because the backdrop is so abstract that you simply have to set your own reference points.

The most interesting movie I've seen in quite some time. It's a Canadian low budget production btw, which could explain why it is so interesting rather than something out of Hollywood.

8/10

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5 Responses to "Cube"

  1. Erik says:

    I've seen it about a year ago: very fascinating indeed although the end slightly disappointed me too. Good flick!

  2. numerodix says:

    Yeah I was annoyed about the ending for a couple of reasons.
    1) Da fok was that bright light all about? I suppose it's somehow poetic that only the autistic guy got out but why not show us what was out there? Was that the real world or was it something else? How do we know if you don't show us? How do we know it's not another maze or some shit like that?
    2) Why turn on Quentin when they had the roap out mapped out? Why not just endure his company? And how did they lose him in the first place? He would have just followed them one cube behind? That makes no sense. And why didn't he just get the f. out at the end? He knew what they were on to, right? Why kill them and try and drag Kazan back in? Also, modestly unrealistic that Worth was able to hold him back strongly enough for him to be split apart by the moving cubes, while Quentin, having shown himself to be very quick and agile, didn't just pull himself back in when he realized it was moving.
    3) Must admit I didn't bother to check it, but I have serious doubts about that math. It also seems modestly unrealistic that Leaven, who did math at a reasonably human rate managed to figure out where the bridge cube would be and how to get there, in just 30 seconds.

    But I can never let these things go..

  3. numerodix says:

    Oh btw the sequel, Hypercube, is kinda sucky.

  4. Erik says:

    LOL those are the same details I was thinking about when I watched it! As for the sequel: what the hell possessed you to watch it???

  5. numerodix says:

    Well you know me, I like to check out stuff, never know when you find something good, right?