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Cube (1997)

Cast: Maurice Dean Wint, Maurice Dean Wint, Nicole deBoer, more...
Director: Vincenzo Natali, Vincenzo Natali
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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This low-budget science-fiction drama, winner of a 1997 Toronto Film Festival prize for "Best Canadian First Feature," depicts the plight of a group of people clad in prison-style uniforms and trapped in futuristic cube-like metal cells. Their memories are hazy; no one can recall how they got there. Alderson (Julian Richings) awakens in a cell, seeks an exit, and arrives in an adjacent cube where he's sliced and diced. Former cop Quentin (Maurice Dean-Wint) becomes the group leader, and he's challenged by conspiracy theorist Dr. Holloway (Nicky Guadagni). Government worker Worth (David Hewlett) remembers a past government link to the project. A discovery that the cubes have numerical codes suggests study by math-student Leaven (Nicole deBoer) while former thief Rennes (Wayne Robson) knows some escape tricks. However, the extreme behavior of Kazan (Andrew Miller) becomes a threat to their survival. The film was also shown at the 1997 Vancouver Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

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Like a rat in a maze... by sfspaz October 11, 2005 - 12:39 AM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Half horror flick and half voyeuristic social studies experiment, Cube was a cult hit with enough style, appeal, and intellectual meat to keep it off the b-list (though simultaneously off the blockbuster list). When a group of strangers, exemplifying a small cross-section of society awakens Kafka-style in a seemingly inescapable 3-dimensional labyrinth, their journey to explain and escape their surroundings begins. Taking place in an environment completely removed from "reality", each character is forced to deal with this threatening, violent, and invisible antagonist using only the strength of their personality and the support of an increasingly suspicious group of strangers.

While vague allusions are made to the origins of this diabolical machine, the focus (in this chapter of the series at least) is on the reaction of the machine's "victims" to the circumstances in which they are surrounded. Most horror movies lazily rely on the thrill of the body count to propel the action, but this film rises above common horror fare by keenly observing how the different personality types might react to a threat that is not easily quantified, identified, understood, nor eliminated.

For horror fans looking for a little more substance in their scares, or for the thinking man who needs a little more thrill in his intellectual meanderings, Cube offers a worthy respite from the usual. Worth a good look in those moments when you're between the movies that "made it big" -- after all, we all need to escape this rat maze every once in a while...

good for a low budget flick by bpassingby June 16, 2004 - 12:02 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I thought this was pretty good for a low budgeted movie. If you want to see how directors and producers manipulate a storyline around a bunch of people stuck in a room, this is the movie for you. Sure the storyline is absurd and comes out of nowhere, but it's a great flick because it makes you think. But the main attraction for me was watching the psychological effects of the cube on the characters. It's great, similar to the psychology of Lord of the Flies. And the ending wasn't that bad. It's pretty ironic if you think about it.

Ruined by bad acting by vksf01 March 22, 2004 - 2:11 PM PST
1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This would've been such a great movie had the actors learnt about acting. This movie had some of the most atrocious examples of bad acting I've ever seen. For a minute, I thought I was watching some Herchell Gordon Lewis or Ed Wood movie.

Too bad, because the premise was very interesting.

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