Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Cube (1997)

For a movie with such an original plot, its really a shame how they pulled it off. The basic story line is, seven strangers wake up in a strange cube system with no recollection of how or why they are there. It doesn't take long for them to realize that some of the cubes that are connected via doors are trapped with various covert lethal devices however these are cryptically marked. The characters we meet include a cop who takes the role of the main character. In pretty much every movie there is whats known as the protagonist, the main person who the audience can relate to in some way and support throughout the movie. The problem with Cube is, the audience never really likes any of the characters, because we never really know anything about them. The main guy starts as the leader and quite a reasonable rationalistic person who just wants to get out so he can see his kids. As the film progresses he turns into a total asshole the audience hates him. The other characters suddenly change personality from a cynical selfish office worker to a likable selfless man which just confuses and bewilders. When we get introduced to the mentally handicapped man, he becomes a nuisance to the group but by the end he's the audiences favorable character. He can't be the protagonist in the film as we can't relate to him in any way and it takes half the movie before we even meet him. Where the film goes wrong again is the reasoning. Throughout the entire film the audience desperately wants to know why they are there and who's responsible. Various ideas are thrown around but the only real reason they can find is that there is no reason. I admit it must be hard to find a reason as to why some one would build a gigantic structure then put a bunch of strangers in but its just lazy film writing not to give something. The great thing about this film however is the suspense created, it fails at being really a horror film as there's no element of realism grounded in the film, but even when they move from cube to cube the movie creates a perfect effect which a lot of films fail or come short of doing, with a movie like the Cube it had to be done right and they did it pretty spot on. Don't get me wrong this isn't a bad movie but I couldn't find myself loving the movie and felt a little let down by how promising the plot was.

Plot: 10/10
Acting/Characters: 3/10
Effects: 6/10
Ending: 5/10
Overall: 6/10

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtTZAUXXLE
Imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0123755/


  1. Looks interesting, will try to see it


  2. I loved this movie. It is far better than then Part 2, 3 or 0.