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Cube 2: Hypercube (2002)

Cast: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn Kung, more...
Director: Andrzej Sekula
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
In this Canadian-filmed sequel to (what else?) The Cube, eight strangers awaken in a cube-shaped room with no idea of where they've come from or how they arrived. All they do know is that they've been plunged into a fourth-dimensional netherworld where all physical laws seem to be made up as they go along. Presented with cryptic clues as to the nature of their plight, the tiny group desperately tries to find a way out of their constantly shape-shifting environment, certain that if they don't escape, they will die slow but spectacular deaths. First shown at the Fantasy Filmfest in Munich, Germany, in the summer of 2002, Cube 2: Hypercube bounced around the sci-fi festival circuit until its American cable TV debut over the Sci-Fi Channel on April 5, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Not "Hyper", but still Cube. by sfspaz October 11, 2005 - 1:10 AM PDT
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5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Even fans of the original might justifiably be wary: a sequel to Cube, a cult hit sci-fi horror flick with no-name actors, no boobs, and only limited blood? Luckily for the viewer, there is enough in Cube 2: Hypercube to warrant a good evening of popcorn, tension, and low-key existential discussion.

With a new writer and director, Cube 2 had all the potential to be another forgettable and watered-down sequel. Happily though, fans of the original will find an intriguing, if often recognizable experience in Cube 2: Hypercube.

The film starts familiarly enough with various characters awakening in a labyrinth of interlocking cubic rooms with seemingly no exit. Initially, even the cast seems to be a carbon copy of its predecessor, with a plucky, realistic blond female, a seemingly psychopathic male criminal, and a nearly-autistic savant leading the cast. In this way, the film is by no means a leap ahead from the original, but the action quickly shifts into a higher gear.

In contrast to the gritty, dark, physical world of the first Cube, Cube 2 appears not only to have been given a visual facelift (clean, white rooms with illuminated walls) but the "rules" of the Cube have obviously been shifted significantly from the first. No longer contending with simple booby traps, the inhabitants of Cube 2 are faced with an environment that heretofore only existed in theory - a 4-dimensional space where time, location, and orientation are relative to one another. This new twist on the workings of the Cube eventually supplies the same visceral thrill that the first film delivered so expertly.

While the stock characters don't seem to have changed significantly from the first movie, the background story of the Cube is given much more significant development, and comes to the fore of this installment's plot. In addition, production values are much higher, and though the dirty physicality of the original Cube is lost, some very nice CGI touches make the Hypercube experience as engaging as the first.

Fans of the first installment will certainly enjoy themselves here, with some misgivings (the same that could easily be said of the first) but this film remains a refreshing, compelling, and original look at a genre that has long grown stale.

Skip It by tip70 October 11, 2004 - 9:41 AM PDT
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3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
If you've seen the first Cube, this one will be a disappointment. The characters are one dimensional (no pun intended) and their motivations become clear about 10 minutes into the movie. There is very little suspense and the fx are not as innovative as the original.




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