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Overall Rating
2.96

Awesome: 14.81%
Worth A Look: 14.81%
Average33.33%
Pretty Bad: 25.93%
Total Crap: 11.11%

1 review, 21 user ratings


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Cube 2: Hypercube
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by David Cornelius

"A sleek continuation of an unexpectedly good franchise."
3 stars

For all its problems, “Cube” was a darn cool B horror flick. The premise was simple: a handful of strangers wake up in a mysterious “place” (for lack of a better word) that’s made up of seemingly infinite interconnected cube-shaped rooms. How did they get there, and how do they get out? And how do they survive with no food, no water, and all those various death traps they meet along the way? The result was a tight, “Twilight Zone”-ish sci-fi thriller whose low-budget roots worked to its advantage, seeing as how with all the rooms being identitcal, the filmmakers could save money on sets.

The film became a cult hit on video, resulting in “Cube 2: Hypercube,” a sequel that manages to recycle ideas from the original while still managing to feel fresh. As with the first “Cube,” this sequel has some trouble with an uneven cast and shaky CGI effects, but it still manages to thrill merely by being a movie with a great idea at its core.

For the sequel, we get another handful of strangers, and this time they find themselves in a slightly more elaborately designed cube. There’s been one significant upgrade: the rooms now work in four dimensions (hence “hypercube”), and the room that was on your right might not be there the next time you open the door - even if it’s only shut for a split second. So, then, how do you escape a maze that’s contantly changing?

Another change from the original, which I liked but some gore fans may not, is the absence of the death traps. With the exception of one barely-believable CGI killing machine, the only deaths come either from the turbulence caused by “dimensional shifts” (don’t ask - it’s explained well enough in the film) or by conflicts among the humans themselves.

Yup, as with the first movie, most of the conflict in “Cube 2” comes from the increasingly paranoid behavior of the trapped humans. And while the acting isn’t quite top-shelf, the cast is still serviceable enough to carry the increasing claustrophobia and confusion that sets in, and they’re all quite likable in their own B movie way. (I especially liked Neil Crone as nice guy Jerry, a character who lends a down to Earth sensibility to the wacky proceedings.)

“Cube 2” comes from director Andrzej Sekula, a filmmaker whose past career as a cinematographer (he lensed “Pulp Fiction” and “American Psycho,” and he photographed this film, too) provides him with a natural sense for style that he puts to good use here; if nothing else, this film is a treat for the eye, with sharp set design and nifty camerawork.

But “Cube 2” is more than interesting visuals. It’s a thoroughly engaging sci-fi horror flick, one with enough intriguing twists and turns to make up for its low budget problems. Fans of the original will be pleasantly pleased, as will any fans of intelligent sci-fi.

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User Comments

4/25/08 Grit Liked the first film, was too damn bored with this one 2 stars
1/22/08 hef great story. terrible effects. terrible actors 4 stars
9/21/07 Gee UK weird, confusing &frustrating but that’s what I love as it challenges the norm - FAB 5 stars
2/01/07 Melissa Tokarczyk Cool idea, but not as good as first film. 3 stars
2/11/06 Josh Standlee Better effects. Some of the tension is missing, but DON'T hate this film! 4 stars
5/23/05 The Punisher I deserved to be punished after renting a movie called "Hypercube". 2 stars
3/14/05 Ronin Basically a ripoff from the original. The same ideas slightly modified. Disappointing. Bad. 2 stars
2/21/05 james started off with good potential and nice idea. anticlimax the whole way through. awful end 1 stars
1/30/05 bongeezer No Comparison to the first one... What were they thinking (or taking) for that ending? 2 stars
1/16/05 Charlene Javier The "Huh?" Ending 3 stars
11/25/04 Peter Costa Quite strange but still a must see 5 stars
11/01/04 PR So dull, what a waste of time. Cube was 10x the better movie on 1/4 the budget 2 stars
10/28/04 PR Excellent 5 stars
10/19/04 kabouter plop Raises more question then answers, i dig this movie 5 stars
10/09/04 LilyM The cure for insomnia. Horrible ending. 1 stars
9/04/04 Fred SHIT!!!!!! 1 stars
7/25/04 Patrick Puhl Decent sequel. Cool opening credits and score. Answers some questions from 1st, adds more. 4 stars
7/15/04 Joseph Barale The first one's better 2 stars
7/02/04 tatum Surprisingly strong sequel 4 stars
4/29/04 Roy Again disappointing 2 stars
4/11/04 Gray bad sequal! bad! 3 stars
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