Fear. Paranoia. Suspicion. Desperation.
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Cast: Nicole de Boer, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Maurice Dean Wint, Nicky Guadagni, Wayne Robson.
Plot: 6 total strangers of widely varying personalities wake up in an endless maze containing deadly traps.
Cube is genuinely one of the most intriguing movies I’ve had the pleasure of watching, however, it could of easily been a feature length distsater, down to its one location and minimal casting, it could have been very easy to lose interest in what was happening if not executed correctly.
The actors who were on board didn’t have massive reputations, so there were never going to be any Oscar worthy performances, but they managed to pull it off, what the movie lacks in acting, it makes up for with originality.
The idea behind the movie was a solid one, no faults at all, group of strangers wake up in an unfamiliar place with no recollection of how they got there. We have seen this technique perfected over recent years in the form of the noughties powerhouse franchise “Saw” but I like to think that Cube kick started the vibe off.
Cube uses quite inventive, futuristic looking traps, rather than something like Saw where it is a man made trap using materials with a sacrificial method behind it. The idea with Cube is that you don’t actually have to sacrifice anything in order to survive, the traps used are based off a mathematical theory, this then determines whether the room is safe or not. This gives the cube a living, breathing prison kind of feeling.
I feel like the music could of been slightly better in certain scenes just to amp up the tension between the characters, this would of contributed massively to the overall feel and vibe of the movie, but it still worked with what was used so this isn’t a massive thing that viewers will pick up on.
In a nutshell, I have arrived at the conclusion that Cube is a twisted view on the egos of certain individuals, and how far we would push ourselves and each other in order to survive when given a glimmer of hope. On a side note I would also say that it touches upon the way we treat certain people, who may seem useless to us and society but they actually may hold the key to survival, so accept each other no matter what walk of life you are from.
Deep revelations there from a movie that seems like such a depraved idea. With all things considered, I would definitely recommend giving Cube a go, it is a highly entertaining, low budget sci-fi /mystery. I believe the budget was 350,000 CAD approx.
7 out of 10 boots from myself.