Watched Mar 24, 2012
Adam Moody’s review:
Vicenzo Natali does a nice job with his debut feature film, Cube. As a low-budget horror, it is impressively made with a sufficient amount of thrills. With that said, its simple, yet interesting concept gets repetitive quick. Featuring some focused, but progressively cliched psychological elements and subtle political commentary that ends up being all show. A group of people - all named after prisons - find themselves in a futuristic, booby-trapped cube. They must avoid its deadly traps and uncover the hints of its puzzle, all while their emotions and mental states spiral out of control. Like all films of this sort, the characters are nothing but caricatures of personalities, and also like them, it is the most unstable characters that run the show. Maurice Dean Wint's performance as the cop gradually drifting into violent insanity does just that. Horror fans will appreciate its creativity and the memorable booby-trapped death scenes - it is easy to imagine Leigh Whannell watching this as inspiration for his Saw series.