Cube [1997] Movie Review Recommendation

Cube [1997]

It’s hard to find an original idea among the hyper production cube_ver2of movies. The Cube is a very intriguing and intense horror movie, reportedly based on a Twilight Zone episode: Five Characters in Search of an Exit, aired in 1961. Oddly enough, Jim Hanson directed an episode of the NBC Experiment in Television titled The Cube (aired 1969), with a somewhat similar idea. Featuring a technocratic and Kafkaesque setting, the reduction of elements enabled director Vincenzo Natali to focus on the visuals and characters. Saw, released in 2003, employed a similar concept although its story is set in “normal world”.

A bunch of people with different skills and jobs are trapped inside a giant cube, which is divided into smaller room-cubes that are rigged with deadly traps, and they roam the cube searching for the exit.

So we got the main quest of escaping the cube and surviving, and the fear and paranoia of the people involved as the underlying story. The closed environment and constant dangerous created a very intense atmosphere and helped with the pacing immensely. Effects are pretty brutal and gory and what is most important, well done. Acid ruined faces, wire that shreds you into pieces, very good, very good. Wobbly dialogue and some other minors faults that start appearing towards the end, are not so big to influence the final rating. This is a beautifully dynamic movie, with colorful characters and more importantly a very foreboding story is something that you should definitely check out. There ware two sequels with serious cases of milking, although now the reboot is starting to rear its ugly head. But lets not judge it too harshly, after all, it’s not yet released.

Director: Vincenzo Natali

Cast: David Hewlett, Julian Richings, Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, Wayne Robson, Maurice Dean Wint

Fun Facts: Shot on a single 14’x14′ set, made to look like many different cubes through the use of different-colored panels.


IMDb Link: The original Cube

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