Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cube (1997)

Cube (Canada, 1997) - Color, Director(s): Vincenzo Natali
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 90 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars

This Horror/Sci-Fi film from our neighbors to the North is a "group of seemingly random strangers trapped in a room together" thriller and, despite sharing similar concepts, predates both Saw and The Collector. This paranoid psychological thriller has an ex-con, a student, a cop, an engineer, a social worker, and mentally challenged fellow all trapped inside a giant cube structure. With no idea how they got there, who put them there, or why they're there... they start looking for a way out. Some of the rooms are booby trapped, causing injury or death if you enter the wrong ones. Each one of the doors to a new room has numeric clues that can be deciphered using a mathematical formula. As the student is hard at work deciphering the clues, paranoia and distrust sets in amongst the others in the group. Will they be able to work together long enough to find a way out? Or will their growing suspicions of one another threaten to drive them apart?

I liked this movie because it was very original and had a fantastic story. (seems like Saw II borrows a lot from this movie) This film is also a pretty accurate portrayal of the true nature of people when they are put into desperate situations.

Nudity: None

Gore: There are a few violent scenes when traps are triggered (wouldn't wanna spoil them here, would ya?) but overall, this film isn't as violent or bloody as Saw is.

Awesome: Very. Despite lacking the excessive gore and violence, which is obviously the biggest attraction of Saw, this film relies more on tension to build suspense in the scenes. Surprisingly, not too many people have seen or even heard of this film. So if you're looking for something to play in place of Saw II this year, throw this on for a try. This film has since spawned a sequel, Cube 2: Hypercube and a prequel, Cube Zero.