Kari Matchett in Cube 2: Hypercube (2002)

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8 strangers find themselves dumped in to a series of inter-connected white cubes completely unaware as to how they got there. As they move from cube to cube they eventually end up together trying to make sense of things. But how they got there and why they are there plays second fiddle as to how they get out as there appears to not only be no rhyme or reasons to the way these cubes link together but the laws of physics don't seem to apply either.

The original "The Cube" was a tight, low budget master piece which to be frank was always going to lead to a sequel just because that it how things are in the movie business when a movie is a success. But of course a sequel not only had a lot to live up to but was always likely to be inferior because it would attract a bigger budget. Sounds daft doesn't it as your mind thinks that lavish more money on a movie and surely it must be better but not when it robs the movie of what was at its heart.

Now in truth "Cube 2: Hypercube" should have been a remake rather than a sequel because those who enjoyed the original will only find this bigger budgeted rehash lacking yet for those who didn't watch "The Cube" it will seem like genius. But I also feel it should have been a remake as whilst the basis is the same as these strangers try to work out how to get out the logic of the original is missing and instead we have a movie which goes down the bigger is better route with larger special effects, thanks to CG. But watching the laws of physics disappear and walls move and so on does not for me a good movie make it just makes it flashier than the original.

What also doesn't make a good movie is that the characters are all stereotypes, roundly drawn to the point of bordering on the comical for being too typical. Whilst it would be fair to say that Kari Matchett is an eye catching actress her character in this is not overly memorable and that is the same through out. And in some of the cases the characters are annoyingly typical which works against making "Cube 2: Hypercube" watchable.

What this all boils down to is that "Cube 2: Hypercube" didn't do it for me and due to the bigger budget, the special effects and the way the characters were written it was a lot weaker although not terrible. It is one of those movies which probably work best for those who watch this before then watching the original "The Cube" as done the other way only highlights this movie's short comings.