Every nightmare has a beginning.
Cube Zero is the third film in the trilogy yet this time instead of a film about people trapped in a deadly cube trying to get out we see it from the eyes of someone who is controlling the cube and the torture of the victims inside. When the nerd can’t stand to see a woman suffer he himself enters the cube to try and save her.
Certainly a step up from HyperCube, they give a bit more of an explanation and while it still has some unexplained points it makes sense while making you think about during and after watching it.
This is billed a prequel and gives some clues towards the original, the issue for me is the fact that they try and give some reasons, such as the yes or no question and it gives the impression of a much bigger picture with not enough on the why or the how which bothers me based on what they do try and tell you, like this explanation it is a bit confused.
Overall if you liked the first film then this film will work well for you.
Contrary to reviews I'd read this was actually quite good, the stuff set outside the cube bites but the stuff inside the cube is actually close to the original film's quality
Considerably better than Cube 2: Hypercube, this prequel feels like a grimy, lo-fi version of the original by way of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's City Of The Lost Children.
The traps are freaky again. Not having the cube decked out in stark white helps with the moodiness of the piece. While the acting is still in keeping with the first two movies (i.e. pretty shit), the plot is actually quite interesting at times and kept me entertained throughout.
After the cult success of the original it does beg the question, why make two even lower budget follow-ups and fail to answer any of the overriding questions. In fact... Cube Zero goes as far as to ask several more without any satisfying resolution.
Worth a watch. Just wishing they'd made more of these movies and actually solved some of the chin stroking riddles the franchise seems so pleased about creating.
A great return to what made the original so good.
As a prequel it works well enough with a few silly elements thrown for good measure.
"Do you believe in God? It all hinges on that?!"
A small step up from Hypercube, but then again it'd be pretty difficult to be worse. Zero doesn't feel the same as the previous two, it keeps cutting away to tedious scenes set outside the cube and that ruined the atmosphere a little for me. The entire first half seemed to be comprised of those scenes outside the cube followed by a glorious but random death scene.
Much more beautifully shot and better executed than hypercube, I rate this one after the original. It gives a nice introduction to what is going to be The Cube. A lot of the scenes here is reminiscent of Brazil with it's shadows and one source lighting. The very least it's shot better than part 2.
It doesnt really explain much
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Third entry of the Cube series is a prequel to the original. This was a decent entry in the series, but it felt even more like a B movie film. Yes, the first two were low-budget affairs, but they were creative, and unique. Exploring ideas that were really intriguing in the horror medium. Cube Zero is an interesting, but flawed prequel. Compared to the first film, this film really is inferior in terms of quality, and there's plenty of room for improvement in this film. The ideas expressed in this prequel are interesting, but lack something to really make this a standout film in this trilogy. The acting is pretty decent here, nothing ever great. The film had some good…
Wynn (Bennett) has a pretty lousy job. He and his co-worker Dodd (David Huband) monitor the movements of test subjects in the “Cube”, a maze of connected rooms, some of which are loaded with deathtraps. While the subjects are all supposed to be convicted criminals who chose the experiment over execution, when Wynn notices a political activist (Moore) in the Cube, he begins to question whether or not everything is really as he was told.
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Boy was this stupid. By far the worst in the cube trilogy. It had some cool ideas, and a great idea at the end of the film, but the rest didn't hold up.
The weakest of the trilogy, that's for sure. By the third film, the whole cube complex and very similar cast of characters become disenchanted and old.
On top of this, the film was just very odd. Pretty much a bunch of half baked ideas thrown in just because they sounded cool. Points like dream monitoring come to mind. Then the whole already contrived wacko "christian" angle comes along and bears no relevancy in the film's plot.
The thing I did find fascinating about this entry was its connection to the first Cube and its character, Kazan.
And while the origins and purposes behind the famous Cube sounded like a good basis for a movie, I tend to like the mystery preserved, rather than explained away.