Maurice Dean Wint, Nicole de Boer, David Hewlitt, Nicky Guadagni
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
A doctor, a cop, and a mathematician, among others, are trapped in a room with six doors.
Five out of the six door lead to a deadly trap. They don’t know how they arrived there or what to expect out of each new room. Every door reveals an empty, but colorful square room. Suspicious of each other and realizing they only have three days without food or water to find an exit, they try to work together.
It’s not a masterpiece, but Cube has moments of thrilling suspense that make it an interesting watch. The opening scene alone is one of the most captivating parts of the movie. As a group of five people work their way out of each room, they have to come up with a way to check if it’s safe. Sometimes appearances can be misleading if someone isn’t careful enough, and as their time in the cube grows, their wits begin to lessen. Mistakes happen.
One key factor to make Cube hold viewer’s interest is the interaction between the hostages. We need to care about them or why watch the movie? Each person has aspects to like or dislike about them, and how they behave towards one another builds tension. Do they value their life above others? Will they sacrifice themselves so someone else can live? These traits are needed to give characters life. Otherwise they would be flat and boring to watch.
In the final decision of what to rate Cube, it deserves no more than a D simply because it’s a flat story. We learn about the characters through their interactions with each other, but we don’t have any answers about why they were taken. There’s plenty of suspense, thrills, and even terror, but there wasn’t enough to make a good story out of it.