A group of people are involuntarily thrown together in a deadly labyrinth. They discover that each hold a key to unlocking the maze as a mathematical formula for escape begins to reveal itself. Their survival is threatened as they begin to turn on one another.
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I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. I think, in some way, I like to watch bad movies. About the actors, the cop guy... DIE YOU FUCKED. The character who sucked the least was the old guy and you know what happens to him...
A nice idea. That seems to draw inspiration from Borges' Library of Babel. But to make it work it needed storytelling, meaning, a sense of mystery, something to keep it going. And that doesn't happen. A story that starts so mysteriously develops as pointless and gray as a poor stuck-in-an-elevator movie. It still is interesting to find out that it was a first feature movie and that Natali was 28 at the time.
These 'Cube' movies make me think of Jean-Paul Sartre. Of course. No exit. This is a movie that uses real math, and that means prime numbers. It's a puzzle movie in trying to figure out how not to die a horrible death, and get out. It might be the best of the trilogy because it's original. Also, it has David Hewlitt who was so good in Stargate: Atlantis.
The lack of gore kills feels more like a budgetary concern than an aesthetic one, but it works for focusing the narrative on the characters as they introduce, redeem and deteriorate. An ending that I found to be slightly too pointlessly mean spirited is the only thing keeping this from a fav.