Posted by johnamor | Filed under Research
This Canadian film tells the unfortunate story of five people who wake up in a cubic space with no recollection of how they got there. Over the course of the movie, they find out that the room has hundreds of other adjacent rooms, but they must pick their way with great care as the wrong rooms harbor fatal death traps.
Having come out in 1997, this was one of those flicks that hardly anyone ever heard about, and once I shared it with some friends a few years back I found out why. You’d have to be in the mood for a story like this, and the acting caliber leaves a bit and a bag of chips to be desired. In spite of that, I decided to rewatch it with my wife recently, and though the negatives remained, my cultivated appreciation for “perceived production value” and script structure found very apparent silver linings to this film.
Cube is a movie that can very easily turn boring or tedious when handled the wrong way, but it is saved by one of its strengths — its length. Unlike a Dark City (which I love, don’t get me wrong), it avoids redundance by making half the character’s competent enough to stay one step ahead of the audience, while the rest tags us along. And then people die.
If you are a fan of films such as the recent Source Code or the above-mentioned Dark City, Cube is something that has the potential to become something very near and dear to your nerd heart. The payoff in the end is worth the effort, without being too pointed or trite. Give it a look-see if you’re into science fiction-horror hybrid films.