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Hypercube: Cube 2

The 1997 movie "Cube" is a low-budget thriller that's hard to define; it tends to fall into the video store's "Cult Classics" section. In it, a group of strangers wake up in a mysterious labyrinth of virtually identical rooms with six doors, one in the center of each wall, floor and ceiling. Some of the rooms have traps. Nobody remembers how they got there. They struggle to figure out why they're there and how to escape.

The 2002 sequel "Hypercube" is a strange beast. Its story can be described exactly as above, but it's not a remake. The major story difference pushes it into a different genre, science fiction. Where "Cube" was a low-budget independent film, "Hypercube" has a big budget to give it lots of special effects. Yet characters, plot, and dialog seem to be undernourished afterthoughts. You'd think that having three screenwriters would make this three times as good, but it doesn't. It's like in "Wayne's World" when Wayne and Garth's charming cable-access show is taken over by Hollywood producers with a big budget; it's glossy and polished and all that made it good is trampled underfoot.

So are these movies worth seeing? Well, do you like ambiguity, unanswered questions, and really, really downbeat endings? If so, check out "Cube." If not, you won't miss anything if you leave these on the shelves in the video store.

If you liked the movies below, you'll probably like this one (and vice versa):

  • Cube
  • Siesta
  • Jacob's Ladder
Overall Rating: 3 (where 1=Worthless, 10=Fabulous)

Eight-Facet Info Rating, rated on a scale of 0 (None) to 4 (Lots!)):

Humor: 0
Nudity: 1
Sexual Reference: 1
Sexual Activity: 1
Action: 2
Gore: 1
Violence: 2
Profanity: 1


© 2002 Evan M. Nichols