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Cube Movies

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Last week I read a story on Slashdot about a new Riddick movie (awesome). The discussion on this article lead to the common complain about current movies, they suck because special effects are used to supplement lame storylines and bad acting.

One of the comments mentioned a science fiction movie called Cube that is basically the opposite. This movie was filmed in a single 14'x14'x14' set with very few special effects. There are actually 3 Cube movies and I happened to see all of them recently.

I totally agree with the Slashdot commenter about Cube being an awesome sci-fi movie. The premise is a bunch of people wake up in a 14' cube room with a door on each face (including ceiling and floor). Each door leads to an identical cube room, however some rooms contain traps designed to kill whoever enters. So the whole movie is them trying to figure out who put them in there and how they can get out. This is a low budget movie with a great plot; it makes you use your imagination.

Cube

On the contrary Cube 2: Hypercube was a colossal turd. I happen to enjoy bad movies so I still liked it, but most people probably wouldn't. In its defense, it did elaborate on the concept of the cube and add some interesting twists. They did try to answer a few of the questions raised and never answered by the first movie but it was rather lame. 

Hypercube

The third film, Cube Zero, is supposed to be a prequel to the first one or so I've read. They didn't really bring in anything we didn't see in the first one which was disappointing, but there is more story revolving around how and why people get in the cube. On the IMDB forum for CZ, there are a lot of posts about whether a character in this movie is the same character in the original Cube. It's not the same actor or the same name (their names are printed on their jumpsuits), but his mannerisms and some of the lines he says are almost identical.

Cube Zero

So if you're a fan of science fiction movies I definitely recommend seeing at least the first Cube movie.

Tags: sci-fi

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Betsy
#1 - Mar 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM
Oh man, in high school we used to watch Cube (the first one) for a good laugh. We considered it to be one of the worst movies ever and thought it was even funnier when we found out there was more than one.

My favorite room in Cube was the cheese grater one.
Joe
#2 - Mar 9, 2010 at 8:05 PM
If you thought the first one was the worst movie ever...check out the second one!

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