The Route of the Cube

David Hewlett and Nicole de Boer in Cube (1997)

A group strangers find themselves trapped in a series of seemingly identical cubes unaware of how they got there. But as they all find themselves in the same cube they know that they need to work together and use their individual talents for them to survive as some of these interconnected cubes feature traps and all are individually numbered. But as time passes and they begin to learn a little more about each other it becomes clear that not everyone is a team player leading to tensions to rise in the claustrophobic rooms.

"Cube" must be the most ridiculously simply movie going yet in its simplicity it is captivating, keeping you intrigued by what is going on, who these people are, where they are and how are they going to get out. The thing is when a movie is this simple and is all about the mystery of what is going on becoming clearer in front of your eyes I can't tell you much of what happens because it would spoil it. What I will say is that whilst we have this wonderful set of mysteries what we do get is to see how people change in a situation which pushes them to their limits.

But aside from the drama it has to be said that "Cube" is a remarkable movie because this isn't some mega budget movie, in fact I don't know how many cubes they built but having each cube identical with just a light changing is effective and in many ways the repetitive nature adds to the movies atmosphere and a sense of hopelessness as they could be going around in circles. But then there are the traps and "Cube" starts of in a graphic way which will appeal to horror movie fans and every so often delivers another device which has a gruesome yet ingenious side such as a series of cheese wires which twist together on what is standing in the middle of them.

What this all boils down to is that "Cube" still is a fascinating movie which gives you so much; gore, special effects, mysteries, atmosphere, suspense, a look at human nature and much more, all done on a low budget but done so well you would never know.

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