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. —IMDb
Natali was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a nursery school teacher/painter mother and a photographer father. He is of Italian and English descent. He moved to Toronto, along with his family, at the age of one. He attended the film programme at Ryerson University. He was eventually hired as a storyboard artist at the Nelvana Animation Studios.
Natali’s directing debut came in 1997, when he was approached to direct Cube (1997). The film became a success worldwide, especially in Japan and France, grossing $15 million in France and breaking box office records for a Canadian film. At the 19th Genie Awards, the film received five nominations and also won the award for Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. After this success, Natali went on to direct Cypher (2002) and Nothing (2003).
Following the June 2010 release of Splice (2009), Natali’s next efforts are expected to be an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise and a 3D remake of the Wes Craven… read more
Like a proto-"Saw" with more intellectual ambitions. Whether it achieves those ambitions is largely debatable. The characters are stock, some acting is goofy, and some plot discrepancies are evident. But the film is mostly good and does touch on some interesting themes, even if not to as deep of an extent as you would like. The filming is very well done and looks much better than its budget would suggest.
I always have this feeling that without this film being made, we would of never gotten saw.