Cube used to be one of my favorite horror films years ago, so I decided to repay it a visit. After repaying it, I decided to scratch out the first sentence I wrote here. Cube is still a hidden gem, but I think it gets the most out of its first viewing, not the repeats.
One day people wake up in a cube and yada yada, I assume those reading this review have already seen Cube so I’m not going to bother repeating it here. So without further ado, let’s get on with it. I respect Cube for the movie it is, and how they go about it. Essentially it does take place all in one room (or set) so this could easily work as a play (one I’d certainly pay for) and the designs on the walls are just plain cool. I loved seeing the characters deconstruct themselves, even though you could predict it from the very beginning. That being said, the man who plays the police officer is a terrible actor. That being said, Rennes is a badass character, for the entire 7 minute run time he seems to have.
That’s where the interesting questions arise. They don’t bring this up, but what if Rennes never died? What if he safely navigated through the cube with everyone and they all made it out alive and in one piece? Would the cop feel its the right thing to do and let him go? After all he did save his life. Or would he show his true colors, like at the end of the film, and throw the escape artist back in prison? Questions like are thrown about, like how Worth admits to designing the outer shell, but since there was a fat paycheck involved, who cared as to what it’s used for?
I’ve seen the entire trilogy and would have to agree with Mr. Sylvers when he says that this is by far the cream of the crop of the trio. Unlike Cube 2: Hypercube. Cube remains rather ambiguous on giving you answers. I found it to have a rather paranormal feel to it, which is utterly destroyed by the Sci-Fi Channel’s detestable sequel, Hypercube. As you can guess, it’s the government’s fault in this one. It’s always the government . . .
What I’m trying to say is that Cube works. It’s worth a view if you want a minimalist tale of survival, and as shitty as all those Saw movies are, it’s easy to see where its roots came from, especially since the character Worth looks and acts just like Leigh Whannel’s character Adam. It becomes less impressive after each viewing, but then again I’ve seen it a million times, so that’s my own fault.