Hidden Gems: Cube

“You think somebody would go to all the trouble to build this thing if you could just walk out?”

Cube (Vincenzo Natali, 1998)

After seeing Splice a few nights ago, I decided to finally watch Natali’s Cube upon hearing many good things about it.  Remember back in 2004 when the Saw series started and everyone was raving about how original it was?  Well, Cube came first.  It’s not exactly the same idea, but Cube is like the thinking man’s Saw.  The inhabitants of the mysterious cube, unlike those in Saw, don’t particularly deserve to be there.  It’s a pretty impressive character study because the booby trapped rooms actually become secondary to the personal conflicts that are at the forefront of the group’s struggle to survive.  The acting is pretty poor, but I would also say that for Saw.  The important thing is that Cube doesn’t rely on cheap gore to sustain your attention and is quite the mind trip that will leave you thinking about it for days.

Rating: 8/10

RIYL: Saw II, The Big Chill, The Breakfast Club.

2 Responses to “Hidden Gems: Cube”
  1. I was really pumped for this back when it first came out, but I was underwhelmed. I should give it another shot.

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