"A Rubik's cube that metastasized into all 256 sides."
"Cube" was an interesting piece of work out of a fresh face from Canada. Directed by Vincenzo Natali, a newbie, this film has quite the artistic vision, and in most instances is very adept at carrying them out. The only harrowing element is that of the acting."Cube" is one of the few films that I wouldn't mind seeing a Hollywood remake of -- just so long as they did like Gus Van Sant, and do it shot-for-shot. I think a remake of "Cube" would be awesome if they could reassemble all of the technical crew, the writers, and Natali again as the director. The only change would be in the actors. I'd suggest Sarah Polley, David Strathairn, Eric LaSalle, Jeremy Piven, Sarah MacLachlan, and a few other assortments. Keep the low budget, and we'd be set!
"Cube" centers around six people who all mysteriously end up in a cube upon awakening. The object is a game of survival, as the cube is filled with deadly traps, weapons, and mind-games. It's a process of elimination, and the only way to get out is through teamwork, and pooling all efforts into one. But considering as how none of them seem to get along with each other continous basis, it serves as a major dilemma.
Natali never sells out, and he pulls forward with the product throughout. Even though he may scrape along the way as he goes, in many ways the film is unique.
It may be an amateurish production, leaning on a first-time director with a very stylized script, and some uncapable actors. The further the movie went on, the more I yearned for professionals. The problem was that in many instances, the actors came off as fake and produced -- there were several that could hold their guns.
Nicole de Boer stood out along with David Hewlitt who was okay. But others like Nicky Guadagni and Andrew Miller were just one-note actors. Maurice Dean Witt on the other hand, was good except when he would get worked up -- which happened quite often -- and then he went totally overboard and came off very fictitious.
"Cube" boasted a strong production design, good editing, and a notable direction by Natali. The cube itself, and what little we learn about it, is creative, and the traps are innovative and cutting edge. But the performances leave something to be desired!Final Verdict: B.