"A low budget thriller that you can't help but giggle at."
Ya gotta admire the balls of Vincenzo Natali. He's taken a pretty simple premise, a budget lower than most short films, and one set and he's made a decent flick. Of course, there's a catch. To enjoy this movie you have to ignore the fact that it displays some of the worst acting outside of your local senior citizen's theatre company's production of "Fiddler On The Roof".Not going to bother naming names. You've never seen them before and you never shall again. They're Canadian, they're cheap, they stink up the joint. Strangely, the best actor in the cast is killed off in the first twenty seconds of the film. Julian Richings (Hard Core Logo, Urban Legend) has the kind of class this film could have used, but they instead used him as an opening title sequence.
A bunch of folks from differing walks of life wake up in a giant cube structure. They have an door on each wall, another on the roof and another on the floor, and every door leads to an identical room. Some contain hidden traps, others nothing.
Why are they there? How can they get out? Who built this thing?
For all the potential internal drama and external terror possibilities, the acting (and some awful writing here and there) brings the whole film crashing down. It's a shame because the production design side of the crew has done exceptionally well, and the effects, most of which were donated by kindly industry folks, are great. The direction is as good as many higher budget flicks and although the film is tough to endure in spots, it's not hard to see the talent just busting to be expressed.But watching this film and ignoring the awful cast is like eating bran flakes without milk. At times unsatisfying, but mostly painful.