Monday, October 22, 2012

Bechtloff Movie Night: Cube. (1997)


With Halloween coming I've been taking a look at some horror movies on here. So far this month I've talked about Jason X, Jennifer's Body, the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Return of the Living Dead 3. Now let's take a look at a movie I feel never got the exposure it deserved, Cube.

Cube starts out with a man waking up in a cube room, There are little doors on all four walls, one on the floor, and one on the ceiling. Obviously confused as to where he is he goes through one of the doors to an identical except each room has a different number.. Once in there a trap activates that cuts him to pieces. And that's how out film starts.

The film follows a small band of people who have also woken up in the cube. They try to find their way out while avoiding the traps. We see some of them try to work together, some look out only for themselves. In fighting takes just as much of a toll on the group as the external dangers. Along the way they find a mentally challenged man, and argue over whether or not to bring him along. Eventually....spoiler alert....the retard is the only one who survives and makes it out.

We are never given an explanation for the Cube. We are given hints and theories but no solid explanation. At one point they seem to figure out that the rooms with prime numbers have traps, but even that is just a theory and not a proven rule. There were two other Cube movies, a sequel Cube 2: Hypercube and a prequel Cube Zero. I never really bothered to watch either of them because I can't help but feel like any sequel can't help but diminish this movie. I could be wrong, but it just seems like Cube works so well because of how little is ever known. If you haven't seen this movie I can't recommend it enough. Go get this movie. It's truly a classic.

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