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Canada 1997
produced by
Mehra Meh, Betty Orr, Colin Brunton (executive) for The Feature Film Project, Cube Libre, Odeon Films, Viacom, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Téléfilm Canada, Harold Greenberg Fund
directed by Vincenzo Natali
starring Nicole de Boer, David Hewlett, Maurice Dean Wint, Nicky Guadagni, Andrew Miller, Wayne Robson, Julian Richings
written by André Bijelic, Vincenzo Natali, Graeme Manson, music by Mark Korven


review by
Mike Haberfelner

Without knowing how they got there, six strangers - young math genius Leaven (Nicole de Boer), architect Worth (Daniel Hewlett), cop Quentin (Maurice Dean Wint), psychiatrist and conspiracy theorist Holloway (Nicky Guadagni), mentally challenged Kazan (Andrew Miller) and escape artist Rennes (Wayne Robson) - find themselves inside a cube that contains nothing else but an exit on each side (including floor and ceiling), all leading to other almost identical cubes. And since this procession of cubes can't go on forever, it's more than likely that passing through them in one direction long enough will eventually lead to the outside. Thing is, some of the identical cubes are actually death traps. Now Rennes, used to escaping from tight spots, thinks he knows all the angles here and takes lead in their treck to freedom - and ironically he's the first to die. Then Leaven has an idea, since all the cubes are numbered at their entry points, the numbers will tell them which rooms are booby-trapped. So she does the numbers, Quentin makes himself leader of the bunch, Holloway is the one who complains a lot, Kazan doesn't do much because he's needed only later in the plot, and Worth has a dark secret, that being that he has designed the outer hull of the complex they're in. After Quentin is injured in a room that's supposed to be booby-trap free, Leaven figures the numbers aren't merely telling them whether or not the rooms are safe, they're actually coordinates. Following this theory they get to the outer cubes, but there's a gap to the actual exit. Holloway tries to make it over with the help of the others, but then Quentin lets her drop into the bottomless pit between cubes and outer hull out of spite. After that he goes pretty much berserk, but the others can escape him. Leaven now figures that the cubes are moving, and eventually they'll find the bridge to the exit, but it's too hard for her to calculate - but fortunately Kazan is really good with numbers (told you we'd need him) and they soon make it to the bridge, and are almost out when Quentin, without having done any calculations, manages to catch up with them, and after a fight to the death, only Kazan manages to escape.


Now the concept of this film is a commendable one, throw a bunch of people from various walks of life into a surreal situation that can be solved by logic though, and let the story develop as a character piece. Unfortunately, as promising as Cube starts, ultimately it doesn't live up to its own hype, basically because while the idea with the cubes is really cool, it falls flat when creating characters and only comes up with clichés, and especially when it comes to singling out a clear villain, this really takes from the urgency of the basic narrative and becomes a generic action piece with an especially silly ending. Also of course, the logic the characters use to make their way out isn't really comprehensible and seems very far fetched. On the plus side though, this movie's really well-executed, and despite its cardboard characters offers penty of suspense, so it's an ok watch - just nowhere near what could have been done with the concept ...


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