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What would you do if you woke up in the Cube?
Member Name: bhayanid
Advantages: Excellent Premise
Disadvantages: None worth mentioning
There are some movies that definitely live up to my expectations and some that don't. The Cube is one that exceeded my expectations. I had heard a few positives vibes and the plot line sounded intriguing, but I went in to the movie pretty open minded.
7 Strangers wake up in a mysterious cube with no recollection of how they found themselves there. Can they escape from this cube with seemingly endless rooms with it, especially when these rooms contain deadly traps, well only one way to find out....
Maurice Dean Wint - Quentin
David Hewlett - Worth
Nicole de Boer - Leaven
Nicky Guadagni - Holloway
Andrew Miller - Kazan
Julian Richings - Alderson
Wayne Robson - Rennes
Well this film has a massive cult following and it is pretty clear to see why. The budget for it was absolutely tiny, and I imagine the actors worked for pretty cheap, literally a few grand each and the rest was then spent on the gory effects, although to be fair there were only a few. This isn't a movie that is good due to any of the effects however, it is due to the tension and the story and wondering what you would do if you were in the same position.
The cast is all pretty much unheard of, and since the movie has come out only one of them from my point of view has gone on to do anything decent and that is David Hewlett who became a major player in the stargate franchise and more specifically Stargate Atlantis. The acting is pretty decent considering how unknown they are. It is not perfect but they all portray themselves well and the main star for me was the character Quentin. I always love these types of characters and feel that he really carried the movie and added that extra element that lets say wouldn't exist otherwise.
Thankfully the movie isn't just a straightforward slasher with each room containing deadly traps. Not all the rooms contain traps and it is interesting to see what the characters get up to in between and learn a little as the movie goes along about the actual Cube itself and why it exists and even why the characters were put in the cube in the first place.
There have been a couple of sequels which I will hopefully review soon, but the originals are usually the best and this is no exception. Whilst not perfect it is still a very enjoyable film and has a lot of tension that is needed to really captivate the audience. Considering the budget and the lesser known cast I say this is well and truly mission accomplished.
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