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The Cube [Blu-ray + DVD]

Maurice Dean Wint , Nicole deBoer    Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
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If Clive Barker had written an episode of The Twilight Zone, it might have looked something like Cube. A handful of strangers wake up inside a bizarre maze, having been spirited there during the night. They quickly learn that they have to navigate their way through a series of chambers if they have any hope of escape, but the problem is that there are lethal traps awaiting if they choose their route unwisely. Having established some imaginative and grisly punishments in store for the hostages, cowriter and director Vincenzo Natali turns his attention to the characters, for whom being trapped amplifies their best and worst qualities. The film is, in fact, similar to a famous episode of Rod Serling's old television series, though Natali's explanation for why these poor people are being put through hell is a lot closer to the spirit of The X-Files. Cube has some solid moments of suspense and drama, and the sets are appropriately striking: one is tempted to believe at first the characters are lost inside a computer chip. --Tom Keogh

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Premise: A+; execution: B+/A- May 28 2004
What a great concept. A handful of people awaken to find themselves trapped inside a bunch of cubical rooms, connected by doors in each of the six faces. They have no idea where they are or how to get out, but since they have no food or water, they need to find out fairly quickly. But some of the rooms contain deadly booby-traps, and nobody knows how to tell which ones they are. Turns out all the rooms form one giant cube; nobody knows exactly why anyone wanted to construct such a complicated, useless, and potentially deadly piece of machinery -- let alone why anybody would deliberately put _people_ in it . . .
This premise would have been at home on the old 'Twilight Zone' series (or even on the original 'Star Trek', with the trapped parties being Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, and 'Crewman Green'). And ya don't gotta be Kafka to smell the allegory; at any rate, if _your_ life has never felt like this, you probably won't like the movie.
The execution is very good too. Obviously a film like this requires a small ensemble cast and a script that manages to keep things interesting for an hour and a half even though all the 'action' takes place inside a series of practically identical cubical rooms. It has both. I won't spoil anything here, but there are some genuinely suspenseful moments and there's a lot of excruciating _psychological_ tension. (And not just from claustrophobia.)
I'm knocking off a star just because I just don't think the characters quite gel. They're interesting enough, but they're neither sufficiently complex to keep me fully engaged with them nor sufficiently 'archetypal' to support the allegory. In some respects their characterization occasionally seems inconsistent.
Very cool movie, though, and the slightly weak characterization isn't much of a drawback.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Much like Vicenzo Natali's later film, "Nothing," "Cube" uses a highly unusual setup and setting to explore the characters who inhabit it. Seven strangers wake up in the titular cube with no knowledge of how they got there and no indication of what, if anything, they're expected to do. As they attempt to solve the apparent puzzle and escape, we learn what drives them and gradually see how the stress of the situation causes their true characters to emerge. In that respect, as a character study, I found "Cube" immensely interesting and even surprising. The character arcs are believable and well thought-out, and the dialogue supports them. I thought the casting was excellent as well -- clearly, that's a "love it or hate it" aspect of this movie, as the other reviews indicate.
The film's weakness, however, is the setup itself -- it's a great idea, but unlike the characters, it's never developed. (Skip to the next paragraph if you don't want to see potential spoilers.) Who "runs" the cube? Why were these people put in it? Where does escaping take them? These are all questions that the characters themselves ask, but they're never answered. We don't even know the time period (for that matter, we don't know if it's even Earth...). It makes it difficult to know how to feel when the closing credits roll.
It's not uncommon to leave questions unanswered to allow the audience to bring their own interpretation to a story, but it's a fine line between doing that and leaving questions unanswered because the filmmakers don't know the answers either (I get the impression that's the case here). Tough call on the rating...but I'm giving "Cube" 4 stars because by virtue of the characters and what we do know of the setting itself, there are a lot of genuinely suspenseful moments and unexpected twists, and I just plain enjoyed the movie. If you're willing to overlook the undeveloped setup, "Cube" is worth your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must see" low budget sci-fi flick. Aug. 1 2002
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Imagine you're in a cube shaped room (14x14x14 ft.). There's a door on each side of the room that leads to another, nearly identical to the one you're in now. The only distinguishing features are the colour of the room and seemingly random numbers printed on the doorways..........oh..........and the booby traps. The traps will dice you, incinerate you, hollow out your skull with hydrochloric acid, and lots of other neat stuff (or there may not be a trap at all).
Now imagine you wake up in one of these rooms, with no recollection of how you got there and no idea of why you're there or how to get out.
This is a great low budget ($300,000 Canadian) sci-fi flick. I'm not suprised at all that it did very well internationally (and quite surprised that the Americans didn't seem to take to it).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cube" Blu-ray Oct. 1 2012
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This is a awesome movie. It's worth the Blu-ray upgrade! The picture is perfect. Order this Blu-ray asap you will be happy you did. They don't sell this blu-ray in the usa so i ordered from Amazon Canada!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent science fiction at its best! March 23 2004
Cube, a low budget Canadian flim, is a masterwork that shows it isn't necessary for a production to have millions of CGI effects to produce an atmospheric and effective movie. The movie focuses on the interactions of six strangers who find themselves trapped in a series of cubes as they attempt to find a way out. Along the way they dodge a number of life threatening traps. All the while the characters interactions grow more paranoid and distrusting of each other until they conflict breaks out. The dialogue ranges from the outlandish to the sublimely bitting, in particular Worth's commentary on the possible reason for Cube. The ending is a downbeat but suits the tone of the movie. The acting is good and whilst the characters are to some extent ciphers the situation that they find themselves in doesn't really need more then the archetypical characters that we get. Of the cast Nicole De Boer and David Hawlett are the standouts and get the best lines and growth. What does it all mean? Part of the appeal of the movie is that it doesn't give you any easy answers; instead it functions as sociological Rorschach test, is it a critique of the mechanistic nature of society today? An allegorical, cautionary tale on the need for humanity to come together to progress? A tale of moving from purgatory to heaven? In the end the movie allows all these interpretations and more. Ultimately this is a not a movie that is easy to watch or like but if you do stick with it then it can reward you with a film that is a brutal commentary on society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian gem of a movie with an unique premise.
Can't remember when I first came across this, but was pleasantly surprised. I found the premise to be unique from anything else in the genre and the fact that it was Canadian was a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars unique, to say the least...
This is one of those movies that deals more on human psychology and interaction than action, personally i found it was really good, not the best but really fun to watch. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars This is where fear and paranoia live in harmony!
The Cube(released Sept/97)is a wonderful Canadian production,starring Nicole De Boer(Dax in DS9),Maurice Dean Wint as Quentin,Nicky Guadagni as Dr. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robert Badgley
3.0 out of 5 stars a template for "Saw"?
Cube is an example of minimalist film-making at its best.this movie may
have been the template for "Saw".the plot is very simple. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Cubed
"Cube" is a cult hit. That basically means that it's good or innovative, but not many people know about it. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2007 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars CUBE
This movie was suprisingly really good, but had the worst ending in the planet. Me and my friends joked about the movie ending the way it did because the people couldnt afford a... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2005 by Miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING MOVIE
The first time I saw Cube, it was on cable, and all I saw was 30 minutes. After that, I couldn't stop trying to find it, I wanted to see the end, the beginning. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Love It or Hate It; I Choose the Latter
Like human excrement in an art exhibit, some will say it's cutting edge, others will say it belongs in a toilet. The Cube is a similarly polarizing movie. Read more
Published on July 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Blessed are the meek, cause they shall inherit
The Cube is a movie about a group of people trapped in a cube which has many boobytraps. They all have to work together to get out. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars cube..a great movie
at first, i was very prone to not watching cube, because i'm not a huge fan of horror movies. well, i really don't think cube is a horror film, it's more of a phycological... Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Jacob E. Blair
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